Butler (AP: 12 Coaches: 13)
Great week for the Dawgs as they become the first team since my alma mater Seton Hall to defeat Villanova. They finished the week off with an OT win at Georgetown and move to 2-1 and Big East play. It cannot be stated enough, but Chris Holtmann is one hell of a coach. Butler won’t have much time to rest as they head to Omaha on Wednesday in a top 15 showdown and then head home to Hinkle for another ranked match-up. Big week to make a statement.
Creighton (AP: 8 Coaches: 8)
Justin Patton could be the most underrated big man in America. He scores the ball incredibly well and incredibly efficiently. I am convinced their offense is unstoppable. The Foster-Watson duo continues to impress. The Jays will have a big test at home against Butler and then host Truman State in a tune-up before their road trip to Xavier.
Dayton (AP: RV Coaches: RV)
The Flyers picked up a really nice win at St. Bonaventure and capped off the week with a great home win over Rhode Island. Scoochie Smith finally started scoring and chipped in 21 points in that win over URI. Dayton is off to a 3-0 start in A10 play and are tied for first with VCU and surprise team Richmond. Flyers hit the road this week as they are at UMass and at Duquesne.
The Illini stumbled in their only game of the week on the road at reeling Indiana. The defense was non-existent and the Hoosiers scored at will. There is good news, though. Illinois was able to score 80 points on the road against a good defensive team. They need to find a consistent 2nd and 3rd scoring option if they want to win some B1G games. Illinois is home this week for two games against Michigan and Maryland.
How bout them Redbirds? ISU is off to a 4-0 start in MVC play and are tied at the top with Wichita State. ISU picked up wins over a good Missouri State team and on the road against Indiana State. It is a statement week for the Birds as they get a road warm-up against Southern Illinois before hosting co-leader Wichita State on Saturday night. MiKyle McIntosh will need to replicate his performance against Indiana State to give them a real chance to dethrone the Shockers.
Indiana (AP: RV Coaches: RV)
The Hoosiers have fallen victim to a tough schedule and untimely injuries. IU fell at home to Wisconsin and won against Illinois. Tough game against the Badgers, but not anything to worry too much about. The Hoosiers have a bit of a reprise as they head to Maryland and host bottom-dweller Rutgers.
A tough close loss at Nebraska derailed what could have been a big week for Iowa. They did pick up a win over Rutgers, but had a chance to move to 3-1 in B1g play. Peter Jok is such a good scorer, I feel like it write it every week, but he continues to be really impressive. The Hawkeyes have a tough week as they host Purdue and then head to Evanston for a showdown with upstart Northwestern.
Short-handed Marquette fell on the road to Villanova in their only game of the week. They’ve got a strange schedule quirk as they host Seton Hall on Wednesday, just 10 days after the teams met in their conference opener, and then will play host to DePaul on Saturday. Big chance to turn around their start to conference play.
Notre Dame (AP: 20 Coaches: 20)
The Irish stand atop the ACC with Florida State as the only 3-0 teams in the conference. Notre Dame picked up home wins over Clemson and Louisville to vault themselves to the top and up to 20th in the national polls. Vasturia and Farrell have been fantastic all year and have been getting great help from Colson, Beachem and company. The irish will have a pair of road games at Miami and Virginia Tech this week.
Seton Hall (AP: RV Coaches: RV)
The Hall desperately needed time off and they got it as most of the team battled the flu. They came back and played a great game against DePaul. Desi Rodriguez was unreal as he started 10-for-10 from the field. Angel Rodriguez continues to dominate, seriously guys, this dude is really good. The Pirates head to Milwaukee to play Marquette for the second time in 10 days and then take a trip up to Providence to face Ed Cooley’s Friars.
St. John’s (MN)
2-1 week for the Johnnies to help them improve to 8-3 overall. A 1-point loss against Concordia College kept them from a flawless week. St. John’s will host Macalester and Saint Mary’s this week in two big conference games.
Washington University (St. Louis)
Wash U checks in at #20 in the D3 Hoops poll this week. The Bears beat the University of Chicago on the road in their only contest of the week. They will head to Emory and Rochester in conference play this week, two important road games.