Bang The Book Super 16 Power Rankings (Jan 1.)

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Last Updated: 2018-01-02

The ninth installment of the Bi-weekly Bang The Book Super 16 Power Rankings are out. Every Monday and Friday the rankings will be based on the prior week or weekend games. Sometimes, there will be more than 16 teams in the Super 16 if enough programs have elevated their play. Therefore, you will see extra teams. We will also display the basketball teams that dropped out from week to week.

The final weekend of 2017 featured three undefeated teams in college basketball. By Saturday night, every college basketball team had at least one loss. Surprisingly, the Villanova Wildcats needed to overcome the biggest deficit of the weekend but couldn’t get it done. In turn, they lost their third straight game to the Butler Bulldogs by eight points.

The TCU Horned Frogs lost by a single point to the Oklahoma Sooners. It was a brilliant performance by all parties in a thrilling game to open the Big 12. Remember, the Horned Frogs had the longest winning streak in college basketball. They all began the game with an 11-0 deficit. From there, the game was back n forth for 37 straight minutes.

The Arizona State Sun Devils couldn’t deal with the size of DeAndre Ayton. The rivalry has turned into a classic battle of matchups and it provided everything that we thought might happen. The Arizona Wildcats had trouble covering the guards, while the inside power of the Wildcats was too much in the PAC-12 opener. Now, Arizona is finally playing like a potential Final Four candidate.

Bang The Book Super 16 Power Rankings

  1. Michigan State Spartans (13-1, 2-0): The Spartans beat up on a couple of nonconference foes in another dominating week. Finally, the Spartans get back to Big Ten play. Next Up: Thursday vs. Maryland.
  2. Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 1-1): The Blue Devils survived a tough test with the Florida State Seminoles. Marvin Bagley went crazy again with 32 points and 21 rebounds. Next Up: Friday @ North Carolina State.
  3. Villanova Wildcats (13-1, 1-1): The Villanova Wildcats got shot down by the Butler Bulldogs. It was their third straight loss to Butler. The rivalry is in full gear now. Villanova has nothing to worry about. Next Up: Saturday vs. Marquette.
  4. Oklahoma Sooners (11-1, 1-0): Trae Young put together another brilliant performance in the Big 12 opener. He had 39 points and 14 assists to knock off TCU. They needed everyone, including the last foul shot. The Sooners are scoring 94.7 points per game. Next Up: Wednesday vs. Oklahoma State.
  5. Arizona State Sun Devils (12-1, 0-1): Despite a great effort by Tra Holder, the Arizona State Sun Devils lost their first game of the season. However, they are here to stay in the PAC-12. Next up:
  6. Purdue Boilermakers (13-2, 2-0): Purdue is just rolling through their schedule. They return to Big Ten play and might be the only team that can challenge the Spartans for a conference title. Next up: Wednesday vs. Rutgers.
  7. TCU Horned Frogs (12-1, 0-1): TCU came into the weekend with the longest winning streak in college basketball. They lost by a foul shot in a thrilling Big 12 opener against the Oklahoma Sooners. This team is for real. Still need to get a better shot with seven seconds left. Next Up: Tuesday @ Baylor
  8. Arizona (10-3): The Arizona Wildcats are back and they have won eight games in a row. Their victory over Arizona State finished off all of the undefeated teams in a wild Saturday. Next up: Thursday vs. Utah
  9. Miami Hurricanes (12-1, 1-0): Miami Crushed the Pitt Panthers by 14 points as expected. Now, they hit the road for another ACC game. The Hurricanes can get two straight road victories in ACC play. Next Up: Wednesday @ Georgia Tech.
  10. Clemson Tigers (11-1): The Clemson Tigers dominated in their ACC opener. The Tigers are also looking for respect. They can get it this week. Next up: Wednesday @ Boston College.
  11. West Virginia Mountaineers (13-1, 1-0): Quietly, the Mountaineers have put together 13 straight wins. Although they are a Top 10 team in the major polls, they don’t always play that way. Their gritty style wears down opponents. Next up: Monday @ Kansas State.
  12. Xavier Musketeers (14-1, 2-0): Xavier had to comeback from an insurmountable deficit against Depaul. Well, they made it happen to remain perfect in Big East play. Their last five wins have been by 10 points or less. Next up: Tuesday vs. Butler.
  13. Virginia Cavaliers (12-1, 1-0): The Cavaliers proved they can win games against a dynamic group of guards. Their one point victory over Boston College was impressive. Next Up: Wednesday @ Virginia Tech.
  14. Kansas Jayhawks (12-2, 1-0): Kansas just keeps on winning the Big 12. They started with another conference opening win despite Mo Bamba’s excellent effort. The Jayhawks have another big game looming. Next Up: Tuesday vs. Texas Tech.
  15. Florida State Seminoles (11-2, 0-1): It’s hard to punish the Seminoles for losing a road game at Duke. However, they had plenty of chances to get a win and fell short in a great game. The Seminoles have a lot of offensive firepower. Now, they need to finish. Next Up: Wednesday vs. North Carolina
  16. Kentucky Wildcats (11-1, 1-0): Wow, Kentucky beat the will out of Louisville on Friday. They came right back to snatch their first SEC victory over Georgia on Sunday night. Next Up: Wednesday @ LSU.

On The Radar

North Carolina Tar Heels (12-2, 1-0): The Tar Heels are still on the radar. They have meaningful road game coming up. Luckily, they survived a home win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Soon enough, close wins won’t be called luck. Next up: Wednesday @ Florida State.

Butler Bulldogs (12-3, 2-0): The Bulldogs were facing a certain loss in the first half of the Big East opener against Georgetown. They came back to win in double OT. Then, they shot the lights out against Villanova to knock off the No. 1 team. Now, the Bulldogs are on the radar. Next Up: Tuesday @ Xavier.

Arkansas Razorbacks (11-2, 1-0): The Razorbacks had a nice comeback victory over Tennessee. They are also the only team to defeat the Oklahoma Sooners. Next Up: Tuesday @ Mississippi State.

Dropped Out

Boston College Eagles (10-4, 1-1): The Eagles were one possession away from snatching their second ACC victory over a conference power. Instead, they came up one point short. Next up: Wednesday vs. Clemson.

Texas A&M Aggies (11-2, 0-1): How good are the Aggies going to be? We are not sure. They looked like a Top 10 team until a lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Next Up: Tuesday vs. Florida.

 

 

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