One week into the college basketball season, rankings have already been shaken up. img24224368We know college hoops can be crazy, but after the Champions Classic played in Chicago, we knew this season is no different if not more special. In the Champions Classic, the first game was (1) Kentucky taking on (2) Michigan State. After a first half dominated by Michigan State and their veteran roster, young Kentucky had a different mindset entering the 2nd half. Down by 12 points the rookies out of Kentucky made a comeback bringing the game within 2 points when Senior Point Guard Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer to take it back to a 5 point game. Ten seconds later Sophomore guard Gary Harris stole the ball and took it for a dunk to put it at a 7 point Spartan lead with under two minutes left. Kentucky never brought it back and it resulted in a 78-74 Spartan win.

 

 

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The second game of the Champions Classic night was no less exciting. (4) Duke taking on (5) Kansas, a battle focused on two rookies, Duke’s Jabari Parker, and the projected #1 pick of the 2014 NBA draft, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. After the first half it seemed like Duke was the better team and Kansas’ youth was taking its toll. After Parker and Wiggins both got into foul trouble early in the second half, it became a game between the benches. Kansas had the deeper bench and that rallied them to a 94-83 victory. The final score does not do the game justice, it was much closer than the score states. Parker finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals while Wiggins finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and and a block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teams that suffered losses and dropped in the rankings were Michigan, Florida, Duke, and North Carolina. Duke obviously lost to Kansas. Michigan dropped a game to Iowa State. Iowa State displayed a balanced attack all throughout the game, and shutting down Mitch McGary and Glen Robinson led them to the 77-70 victory. Florida, losing to Wisconsin, was the least surprising of the three games, but it was still a game Florida should have won. Bo Ryan’s Badgers play good defense but they are young, Florida should have blown them out of the water instead of taking the 59-53 loss. Lastly, North Carolina lost to Belmont. Yes, you read that right. North Carolina lost a home game to Belmont. High scoring game on both sides, but the Tarheels poor free throw shooting resulted in a 83-80 loss.

Teams with big jumps in the rankings were Iowa State, after their 2-0 start then defeating (7) Michigan. Wisconsin jumping from (20) to (12) in the rankings after the road win against North Carolina. And Michigan State, not a huge jump in numbers, but a large jump mentally going from (2) to (1) after defeating previous (1) Kentucky.