Dec 18, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) looks to pass as Texas Longhorns guard Damarcus Croaker (5) defends during the first half at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports. college basketball power rankings has released its college basketball power rankings for Dec. 24.  To see the rankings, follow the link in the tweet below by senior writer Andy Katz:



Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State, and Wisconsin are ranked one through four, and are all undefeated.  No complaints here.

Gonzaga’s loss to Kansas State on Dec. 21st was their second of the season, and knocked the Bulldogs out of the power rankings.  No complaints here.

I do have a complaint about slotting Texas, Illinois, and Florida State at number 25. is speculating the teams have a good shot at cracking the AP Top 25 with their recent wins over ranked opponents.  For example, Florida State beat UMass on Dec. 21st, and moved into the ESPN power rankings.  The Seminoles are 8-3, and need to win more games before they can be considered a top 25 team.

Villanova remains undefeated at 11-0 and slipped a spot to number eight. Oklahoma State took Villanova’s spot, but does anyone think the Cowboys are better than the Wildcats?  I don’t, and if the power rankings are supposed to represent the hotter teams, I can’t think of a hotter team than Nova.

Let me know what you think about the power rankings.


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  • michael

    As a ‘Zona fan I’m thrilled to see our Cats on top. But still, it’s great to know that this is not college football, where the teams in the “championship” game are voted in by sports reporters. In basketball, polls mean what polls should mean – seeding, in a real playoff system. Whenever March comes around and the whole country is picking brackets, and college hoops is generating buzz that meaningless corporate bowl games can only dream of, I shake my head and wonder why the great minds of NCAA Division I football just can’t manage to get it right, and ponder how exciting a REAL playoff would be in college football (not this BCS plus two silliness). You simply can’t beat playoff excitement, and college hoops has it.

    • Bernie D’Amato

      I agree, college basketball has the perfect playoff system. I think college football should have an eight team playoff, what do you think?