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Tennessee, Oklahoma soar in new Power 36 rankings for men’s college basketball

Tennessee, Oklahoma soar in new Power 36 rankings for men's college basketball

As the 2023 men’s college basketball season continues, jaw-dropping moments and must-see matchups have altered the rankings of top teams. Andy Katz returns with his Power 36 rankings and previews, entering Week 6 of college basketball.

Power 36:

1. Arizona (1): The Wildcats destroyed Wisconsin and looked every bit the part of a title contender.
2. Kansas (2): The Jayhawks took down their rival Missouri and are back on track.
3. UConn (3): The Huskies used their second gear to excel past North Carolina in New York.
4. Purdue (4): The Boilermakers had a strong bounce-back week by beating Iowa at home and Alabama in Toronto.
5. Baylor (5): The Bears are getting no love nationally. This is a legit title contender as well.
6. Houston (6): The Big 12 is loaded with the Cougars as a threat as well.
7. Clemson (8): The Tigers are looking like the team to beat in the ACC after wins over South Carolina at home and TCU in Toronto.
8. Marquette (10): The Golden Eagles are primed to be UConn’s top challenger in the Big East.
9. Oklahoma (20): Yes, the Sooners are playing like a top-10 team right now. They are undefeated after a strong week, pounding Providence at home and beating Arkansas in Tulsa.
10. North Carolina (7): No shame in losing to UConn in the Garden.
11. Creighton (13): The loss to Colorado State in Kansas City seems to be more of an outlier than the norm.
12. Tennessee (33): The Vols looked like the team that beat Wisconsin earlier in the season. The hangover of a struggling trip to Honolulu seems to be gone. They ran past Illinois to reset their season.
13. Illinois (16): The Illini beat FAU in New York City but then ended the week with a late second-half drop at Tennessee. Overall, a solid 2-1 three-game road sweep that started with a win at Rutgers.
14. Colorado State (12): The Rams lost their first game of the season to Saint Mary’s, but it came with a depleted roster due to injuries.
15. FAU (9): The Owls lost to Illinois at MSG. The effort and the scoring were there, but the defense needs to tighten going forward.
16. Texas (11): The Longhorns have played a tough slate and the two losses are to two of the best teams in the country UConn in NYC and at Marquette.
17. James Madison (17): The undefeated Dukes opened the Sun Belt with a road win at Old Dominion.
18. Kentucky (25): The Wildcats got the win over Penn by finding another level in the second half in Philadelphia.
19. Gonzaga (15): The Zags had a late-game loss at Washington. They will…

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