Back by popular demand are the Overtime Heroics Power Rankings for the college basketball season. It was the B1G Ten versus ACC challenge this week, so tons of awesome match ups. It was ultimately the B1G Ten that took the challenge eight games to six. With tons of great games, we saw some teams both rise and fall in our rankings. Unlike other polls, we punish teams heavily for losses, regardless of whether they are a top program or a small school. So how much have our Power Rankings shifted? Lets take a look and see.
1. Louisville (9-0) Last Week 1
Louisville was criticized for not playing any quality opponents, but no longer. They not only played a quality opponent, but beat them handily. Louisville held the Michigan Wolverines to 26% shooting on the night. Louisville won by 15, despite Jordan Nwora only shooting 9/23 on the night. The Cardinals followed up that performance with a win to open up ACC play. Louisville had three players in double figure scoring as they held Pitt to 38% shooting. This is an easy number one for us and they should continue to win until they meet Kentucky on December 28th.
2. Ohio State (9-0) Last Week 8
Big jump for the Buckeyes on our rankings, despite teams ahead of them not losing games. But how could you not after how dominating they were this past week? It started with their B1G Ten/ACC match up with powerhouse North Carolina. Ohio State played like the powerhouse though, overwhelming the Tar Heels 74-49. Duane Washington Jr. led Ohio State in scoring with 18 points. They also held North Carolina to 27% and Cole Anthony to 15 points on 4/15 shooting. The Buckeyes also beating Penn State by 32 points and scored 106 points on Saturday. We love what we are seeing from the Buckeyes and hope they continue to perform.
3. Maryland (10-0) Last Week 2
Overtime Heroics list typically do not punish teams that do not lose. Maryland is an exception however as their strength of schedule does not compare to Ohio State’s. Maryland took down Notre Dame with ease 72-51. Jalen Smith had a big game with fifteen points and sixteen rebounds for the Terrapins. While they impressed on Wednesday, Maryland were quite underwhelming on Saturday. Maryland was down fifteen to the very average Illinois Fighting Illini. Maryland was able to rally to win, but we have to punish them a bit for it. Penn State and Seton Hall are up next, wins there could move them back up the list.
4. Kansas (7-1) Last Week 4
The Jayhawks remain at number four this week after another victory for Bill Self’s squad. A fourteen point win over 20th ranked Colorado was huge for this team. Ochai Agbaji and Devin Dotson combined for 38 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. The Jayhawk defense was smothering as Colorado only shot 30% for the game. This was Kansas first test since the Duke game and they stepped up. Their next challenge will be Villanova on December 21st and Overtime Heroics cannot wait.
5. Duke Blue Devils (9-1) Last Week 6
Coach K and company stepped up in a big way this week with a couple huge victories. It started with a dominating 87-75 win at Michigan State. Duke had ten steals and eleven blocks in that game and pressured Cassius Winston all night. Tre Jones and Vernon Carey Jr. also had double-doubles for the Blue Devils in the win. Duke then went on the road to Virginia Tech where they found themselves down 3 at halftime. They rallied for the 14 point win, led by Tre Jones 15 points. Duke now has a couple weeks off before they play Wofford at home on December 19th.
6. Gonzaga (10-1) Last Week 9
Mark Few and the Bulldogs have impressed Overtime Heroics mightly thus far. There only loss was to Michigan and they rebounded with a couple victories this week. A 39 point win over Texas Southern at home was dominating for sure. What was even more impressive was their seven point on the road against 22nd ranked Washington.
7. Kentucky (7-1) Last Week 7
Wildcat fans may have hoped to jump in the standings, but they remain at seven on Overtime Heroics rankings. Kentucky’s only game this past week was against the 2-6 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Now Kentucky did deliver a blowout victory as expected, winning by 31 points. But tough to move them any higher when playing such an inferior opponent. Georgia Tech should bring another comfortable win before their real schedule begins. The following three games are at Utah, and then at home against Ohio State and number one Louisville. Game on Wildcats.
8. Michigan (8-1) Last Week 3
Overtime Heroics was quite disappointed with Michigan’s performance against Louisville. That said Louisville is number one for a reason and Michigan had an off shooting night. On the road against elite teams are always tough, but Michigan rebounded well. They opened up Big Ten play with a ten point win over Iowa, scoring 103 points in the victory. Michigan shot 55% from the field, including ten three pointers. They won even despite Luka Garza’s massive 44 point night, as six players hit double-digit scoring for the Wolverines. Michigan will meet lowly Illinois on the road before facing another ranked team Oregon at home.
9. Memphis (8-1) Last Week 14
Overtime Heroics is giving Memphis a huge amount of credit with their top ten spot on our rankings. We expected Memphis to falter without top player James Wiseman, but they keep winning games. Bradley and UAB are not exactly Arizona and Baylor, but they still beat them. The Tigers won by 15 at home against Bradley and on the road by eight over UAB. Precious Achiuwa struggled versus Bradley, but bounced back with a double-double. Penny Hardaway has done a great job with this group. We look forward to their Tennessee match up on the road this week.
10. Virginia (8-1) Last Week 5
Virginia dropped down the rankings quite a bit despite a victory over North Carolina. That was due to their massive 29 point loss to Purdue in the B1G Ten vs. ACC challenge. Purdue is no slouch, as they Florida State and Texas tight this year. That said, a team of Virginia’s quality should not get blow out by the Boilermakers. Virginia gave up 69 points, their most all year, and scored only 40, their lowest all year. What kept them from plummeting further was defeating North Carolina at home. They held Cole Anthony and Armando Bacot to just 23 points on 9/23 shooting. Virginia will need to figure out their offence if they hope to make a deep run in March.
11. Baylor (7-1) Last Week 16
Baylor Bears basketball is back everybody. Overtime Heroics strongly felt Arizona would beat them this past week and we were dead wrong. Baylor blew out MD-East Shore and carried that momentum into the Ferrell Center against Arizona. Both teams shot poorly, but Freddie Gillespie willed them to a win. He had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Baylor also held Nico Mannion to 3/14 shooting. Baylor’s schedule is not getting any easier, as they face a tough Butler team at home on Tuesday.
12. Auburn (8-0) Last Week 13
Auburn may have lost to LSU in football, but their basketball program is still rolling. The Tigers survived a scare in overtime against Furman to remain undefeated on the season. Auburn survived despite shooting 16% from three and being down eight at halftime. Auburn only has one game this coming week against the 7-1 Saint Louis Bilikens. Do not ask us what a Biliken is, but Auburn better come to play if they hope to remain unbeaten.
13. Dayton (7-1) Last Week NR
Flying up the Overtime Heroics power rankings (pun intended) is the Dayton Flyers. Dayton was ranked in most polls last week, but we were not quite sold. That was until they met Saint Mary’s on the road this week and won by ten. Jalen Crutcher had 21 points in the win and the Flyers shot 54% as a team. They also blew out Houston Baptist by 31 points earlier in the week, so we had to show them some love. This week they will face Missouri Valley conference leaders Drake at home. Another win could have the Flyers flying even higher on our rankings. Before we make anymore flying puns let’s take off to our our number fourteen team.
14. Arizona (9-1) Last Week 11
Arizona falters in our Overtime Heroics rankings after their loss to Baylor.
15. Oregon (7-2) Last Week 17
The AP poll is much higher then we are on Oregon. Oregon’s two losses are to UNC and Gonzaga, so nothing shameful about that. What Overtime Heroics will note is that the only noteworthy victories are against Memphis and Seton Hall. We still have Oregon moving up though after their lone game and win last week. They welcomed Hawaii to Matthew Knight Arena and sent them packing with an L. Oregon winning by 25 over a lackluster Hawaii team was not enough to jump too high. A win over Michigan on Saturday could mean a top ten spot.
16. Michigan State (6-2) Last Week 12
The Spartans have had a tough start to their college basketball season. Things got even worse when Duke dominated them in their own building. Cassius Winston struggled, Aaron Henry had only two points and the team simply no showed. With that said, not all hope is lost for Michigan State. They faced Rutgers to open Big Ten play and won by twelve. Winston and Henry rebounded with 23 and 12 points respectively to go 1-0 in conference play. Overtime Heroics hopes this team can finish out 2019 on a win streak and we believe they will.
17. North Carolina (6-3) Last Week 10
The Tar Heels have not lived up to their preseason hype. They are on a two game losing streak after losing to both Ohio State and Virginia this past week. The 25 point loss to Ohio State is one of the worst in Roy Williams tenure and they did so at home. They then could not solve the Virginia defense to open ACC play losing by nine. Now is not the time to sulk though if you are a Tar Heels player. They have Gonzaga in just nine days and will need to be ready to compete.
18. Butler (9-0) Last Week NR
The Butler Bulldogs finally crack the Overtime Heroics rankings, as they are playing well and undefeated. Butler went 2-0 this week with a couple of strong performances. They first beat Ole Miss on the road by 9, led by Kamar Baldwin’s 31 points. That road victory was good, but their home win over Florida was great. Many consider Florida to be a top 25 team this year and Butler won handily. Four players hit double-digit scoring and had 19 assists as a team. Butler and Baylor will face off on Tuesday and Overtime Heroics has that game circled on the calendar.
19. Tennessee (7-1) Last Week 20
No real note worthy win for the Volunteers this week, but other teams volunteered to drop by losing. Beating 0-7 Florida A&M by 29 points was to be expected. They shot only 3/16 from three in their win, but it did not matter luckily. They will play their first noteworthy game since the Florida State loss against Memphis this week. They will be at home Saturday night and win over their more talented counterparts could mean a huge rise in their stock.
20. Colorado (7-1) Last Week 15
Colorado picked up their first loss this week against Kansas on the road. We will not hold it against them as going into the Allen Fieldhouse is never easy. They did beat Loyola Marymount earlier in the week to prevent them from falling off the list. Colorado will take on Northern Iowa and Colorado State this week. A loss against either would mean being dropped from this list. Beware Buffaloes fans, this Northern Iowa team is sneaky good.
21. Villanova (7-2) Last Week 23
Solid weak for Villanova as they picked up two victories to move to 7-2 on the year. They beat Pennsylvania by eleven points, led by Saddiq Bey’s 27 point night. Three other players hit double digit scoring in an impressive win. They then visited lowly St Joes where they picked up another double digit win. This coming weak should be interesting as the 9-1 Delaware Blue Hens visit. Another win means moving on up in the rankings.
22. Xavier (9-1) Last Week 25
Another team in the 20’s that picked up two wins this week. Their first home win was against 3-6 Green Bay was solid. Naji Marshall had 24 points and four others hit double-digit points. They then welcomed to the Bearcats into there building where the snuck out a seven point win. Marshall scored 31 in that contest as well for the Musketeers. They will travel to Wake Forest this week and hopefully will keep a spot on this list.
23. Utah State (9-1) Last Week 24
Two wins for Utah State means one spot up on the list. Lack of competition once against prevents Utah State moving up further. A visit to San Jose State ended in a twelve point win for Utah State. Justin Bean had a 18 point, 14 rebound double-double for them in that game. He then had 14 points and 13 points to beat Fresno State by seven points. Saint Katherine College is their next match up Tuesday night and they better win big.
24. San Diego State (10-0) Last Week NR
Undefeated San Diego State finally cracks our list to many fans excitement. Their biggest win of the year was a ten point home win over Iowa. Ten straight wins is tough to ignore, despite their lack of competitive match ups. Their two point win over San Jose State was huge for them, as a loss their could have tournament making implications. No games for San Diego State this week, so it will take a big win by a team on the outside to knock them out.
25. Washington (7-2) Last Week NR
This PAC 12 team just sneaks onto our list, despite their loss at home to Gonzaga. Washington did have two wins last week though, as they first beat South Dakota by twenty points at home. Washington had four players score in double digits and held South Dakota to only four three-pointers. Washington also picked up a ten point very over Eastern Washington as well. Xavier was
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