UConn men's basketball team moves up on our weekly AP Top 25 ballot

Adama Sanogo and the UConn men's basketball team should move up in this week's AP Top 25 rankings(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Adama Sanogo and the UConn men's basketball team should move up in this week's AP Top 25 rankings(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Early returns from the first two weeks of the season reveal a few things about the various Power Six conferences.

The Big Ten looks real good. But we've seen that before in the regular season. Wake us up in March, where the league has yet to deliver a national champion since Michigan State in 2000.

The Big 12 looks good, except for Oklahoma State -- who the UConn men's basketball team just so happened to draw in the Big East/Big 12 Battle. Let's not forget this league has provided the past two national champions.

The Big East looks ... well, not great. The league is 36-12 overall. It went 2-6 in the Gavitt Games against the Big Ten (that'll teach 'em to keep UConn out!). Creighton is probably the best team but hasn't really played anyone yet. Xavier, despite a one-point home loss to Indiana, is pretty good. 

UConn? The Huskies look real good, albeit against poor competition. Their first five games came against teams that are sub-200 in KenPom. Dan Hurley seemed a bit defensive about his team's early-season scheduling.

"Perfect world, maybe one of these games is a high-major," he said after Sunday's 95-60 pasting of lowly Delaware State. "But we don't always have control over that part of the schedule. You're in an MTE that's playing when it's playing. Your Florida game is something that we had to accept that date. And then, we waited for months for a Big 12/Big East date, that took us forever to get from the league."

That all changes this week at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland. Oregon. Then Michigan State or Alabama. Then maybe North Carolina. Or even Villanova.

We jumped the Huskies up three spots this week. They'll get a much bigger jump with a strong showing at Portland.

  1. North Carolina: What do you say to a Tar Heels-UConn final at the Phil Knight Invitational?
  2. Creighton: Trip to Maui Invitational will tell us more about talented Bluejays.
  3. Virginia: With wins over Baylor, Illinois, who has a better resume righit now than Cavaliers?
  4. Houston: Coogs beat Oregon, who UConn faces on Thursday, on the road late Sunday night.
  5. Gonzaga: Yes, they got smoked at Texas, but bounced back by crushing Kentucky.
  6. Indiana: Very nice overtime win at Xavier for perhaps the best team in the Big Ten.
  7. Baylor: Rebounded from loss to Virginia with win over UCLA.
  8. Texas: The win over Gonzaga was great, but the homecourt advantage was incalculable.
  9. Kansas: Followed big win over Duke with near-calamity vs. Southern Utah.
  10. Michigan State: How about a date with UConn on Friday in Portland?
  11. Maryland: Kevin Willard's got the Terps at 5-0!
  12. Duke: Jon Scheyer doesn't appear to get the Coach K whistle. 
  13. Kentucky: Lost a classic to Michigan State, got trucked by Gonzaga in Spokane.
  14. Purdue: Boilermakers always have great size.
  15. Iowa: Who knew Keegan Murray actually returned for another season?
  16. UConn: Next five games could be against Power 6 teams.
  17. Illinois: Are Illini better without Kofe?
  18. Xavier: Caroline Ducharme's brother, Reid, will be a Musketeer next season.
  19. Miami: Jim Larranaga notches 700th win vs. his alma mater, Providence.
  20. Arkansas: Probably won't face a ranked opponent until after New Year's.
  21. San Diego State: Nice roadie at Stanford.
  22. Arizona: Won't be challenged until Dec. 10 vs. Indiana.
  23. Auburn: Let's see what happens next Sunday vs. Saint Louis.
  24. UNLV: Runnin' Rebs with a good win over ranked Dayton.
  25. Saint Louis: We'll reward the Billikens for a strong non-conference schedule.

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