The 2015-2016 college basketball season is in full swing and conference play has just begun around the country. After the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks defeated the No.2 Oklahoma Sooners in triple overtime on Monday in Lawrence, and Kansas' lone loss coming against No. 3 Michigan State, there may be questions as to which team is the best in the nation.
While it’s far too soon to draw any longstanding conclusions, there is plenty to take from the first two months of the season. Below, we take a look at IB Times’ power rankings of the Top 10 teams in America:
- Kansas Jayhawks (13-1): Kansas may be the nation’s deepest team and they looked particularly strong in their blowout win over Baylor on Saturday and with victories over UCLA and Vanderbilt
- Oklahoma Sooners (12-1): The road loss to Kansas might be more impressive than their victories over the likes of Villanova and Iowa State. Lon Kruger may also have the best player in the nation right now in Buddy Hield, who dropped 46 on the Jayhawks.
- Michigan State Spartans (14-1): The loss of Denzel Valentine has made Tom Izzo's squad look human, escaping Oakland and Minnesota but losing to Iowa in between. We’ve seen how good the Spartans are at full strength but they’ve been a different team without their star.
- Maryland Terrapins (13-1): Led by second-team preseason All-American Melo Trimble, the Terrapins did what they had to do before Big Ten play, losing only to No. 9 North Carolina. They get a couple of easier matchups vs. Wisconsin and Rutgers before heading to Ann Arbor to play Michigan.
- North Carolina Tar Heels (14-2): UNC finds itself back in the Top 5 after a third straight win to open ACC play. Roy Williams is without Kennedy Meeks, but Brice Johnson dominated Florida State with 39 points and 23 rebounds and a healthy Marcus Paige could very well be an All-American.
- Arizona Wildcats (13-1): The only thing that’s certain about the Pac-12 in the early going is that Sean Miller’s team is the favorite. Arizona is an offensive powerhouse that has scored at least 82 points in each of their last six and won eight in a row overall with UCLA and USC next up.
- Providence Friars (14-1): Led by Ben Bentil, Providence has gone from mystery team to Big East championship contender. They handed Arizona their only loss of the season, beat Butler on the road and their lone loss was to Michigan State.
- Villanova Wildcats (12-2): Their only two losses came to top 10 teams and they destroyed Xavier by 31 points, shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 52 percent from deep. Villanova has yet another ranked opponent in Butler on Sunday but the calendar is circled for Jan. 23 vs. Providence.
- Xavier Musketeers (13-1): Xavier started 12-0 but winds up behind the Wildcats because of the head-to-head thrashing they took. Still, the Musketeers bounced back by blowing out Butler before getting to play the conference’s two worst teams in DePaul and St. John’s this week.
- Kentucky Wildcats (11-2): The loss to Ohio State was concerning for a far superior Kentucky team but they rebounded by beating Louisville Ole Miss to start SEC play. The conference isn’t very strong but all eyes will be on Kentucky in Baton Rouge as they visit Ben Simmons and LSU on Tuesday.