The college basketball season is officially underway, and while we are still sorting out the national landscape, sports bettors always have an eye on the NCAA Tournament and some valuable bets to make in the Futures market.
Every week here at BetSided we will be power ranking the top 25
Tier 1: One Team is Above the Rest
1. Purdue (+800)
The Boilermakers were No. 1 last week and responded by blowing out Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and taking care of Iowa in their Big Ten opener.
Purdue has the best offense in the country behind a torrid start from beyond the arc, 44% to start the year.
Tier 2: Contenders
2. Baylor (+1500)
Despite losing significant contributors, Baylor is still amongst the nations elite, third by KenPom's standards.
3. Duke (+500)
Duke was in a predictable letdown spot against Ohio State early last week after knocking off Gonzaga, but the game did expose some of the flaws right now with the Blue Devils, who need to run a more cohesive offense.
The team has a devastating one-on-one scorer in Paolo Banchero, and size down low to shut down the paint, but the key may be Kerwin Roach and Trevor Keels running sound offense.
4. Gonzaga (+400)
Don't hit the panic button with Gonzaga just yet, but it's clear that this team isn't the monster that they faced last season.
I will mention that the Zags have played four ranked opponents already this season, all of which are inside the top 25 of my power rankings, so maybe there was some fatigue when the team went down 16 at halftime to Alabama on Saturday.
Don't get it twisted, Gonzaga will be in the mix in March, but this team isn't as clean of a fit than last years with Chet Holmgren at the helm. The freshman sensation wasn't in for the team's second half near comeback against the Tide.
5. Villanova (+1200)
6. Arizona (+2500)
Arizona has been arguably the most impressive team this season. I wrote about the Wildcats at length last week, and they only had one game this last week, but they had zero issues disposing of Oregon State 90-65.
Tommy Lloyd has this team humming on offense, top 25 on both sides of the ball while playing at the 12th fastest tempo.
This is the best team in the PAC-12, keep an eye on their price in the Futures market.
7. Kansas (+1200)
8. Alabama (+2000)
The Tide get a huge bump in the rankings after knocking off Gonzaga in a pseudo-road game, 91-82, behind freshman JD Davison, who scored 20 points in his coming out party.
9. Kentucky (+2000)
10. UCLA (+1500)
11. Texas (+2000)
Tier 3: Knocking on the Door
12. Auburn (+5000)
Auburn continues to linger as a sleeper come March. The team has a future top five pick in Jabari Smith and is still awaiting the return of 6'6" veteran Allen Flanigan.
13. Wisconsin (+1000)
Keep an eye on Johnny Davis, who has carried Wisconsin to a five-game winning streak.
14. Tennessee (+3000)
15. Ohio State (+3000)
Ohio State gets a nice bump after beating a fat and happy No. 1 Blue Devils team at home. E.J. Liddell is emerging as one of the best players in college basketball, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds on 54% shooting.
16. Connecticut (+4000)
17. Arkansas (+4000)
18. Florida (+5000)
Tier 4: Best of the Rest
19. Colorado State (+20000)
20. LSU (+5000)
21. USC (+5000)
22. Louisville (+6000)
23. Iowa (+10000)
24. Michigan (+2000)
Michigan stopped the bleeding against San Diego State, winning 72-58 at home, but it was another unimpressive week as a whole for the Wolverines, who lost by 21 on the road to North Carolina on Wednesday.
25. Iowa State (+20000)
How about the Cyclones? After going 2-22 last season, the team is out to an 8-0 start under new coach T.J. Otzelberger, including a six point win at Creighton on Saturday night.
Honorable mention: Texas Tech, Loyola-Chicago, North Carolina, Michigan State