Butler (AP: 18 Coaches: 18)
Tough week for the Bulldogs as they lost a close road game to St. John’s, but the real trouble was after the game when their plane had issues on the flight home, fortunately, everyone onboard was ok. Butler also had their conference home-opener this weekend against Providence and easily handled Ed Cooley’s Friars. Big week coming up as the Dawgs host #1 Villanova and then head out to DC to take on the Hoyas.
Creighton (AP: 10 Coaches: 10)
The Jays had a chance to cement themselves as one of the nation’s top teams, but couldn’t pull off the upset of #1 Villanova at home. A poor offensive game from Mo Watson Jr and a bevy of missed opportunities doomed Creighton’s upset bid. But do not fret, this team is legit. They easily handled a solid Seton Hall squad on Wednesday in Omaha and get two winnable road tests this week at St. John’s and at Providence.
Dayton took down La Salle in their A-10 opener, a game the Flyers hosted. Kendall Pollard paced the offense and 3 starters played 35+ minutes. Scoochie Smith is still struggling to find his shooting touch, but this Dayton team can play some solid defense. They will head to St. Bonaventure on Tuesday and host Rhode Island on Friday in one of the biggest games of the conference slate.
A blowout loss Tuesday at Maryland was forgotten after a big win in the Big Ten home opener over Ohio State. Malcolm Hill continues to score the ball well, Tracy Abrams is slowly getting his touch back as he added 16 points in the win over OSU. The Illini will head to Bloomington to take on the 25th ranked Hoosiers on Saturday.
The Redbirds look to be one of the contenders in the Missouri Valley this year and they started off 2-0 in conference play. Their tough non-conference schedule should bode well for the Birds moving forward. ISU will take on 2-0 Missouri State and then head to Terre Haute to take on the battle-tested Sycamores in what will be one of the top mid-major games of the day.
Indiana (AP: 25 Coaches: 25)
An off shooting night doomed the Hoosiers in their Big Ten opener against Nebraska. Throw in a double-digit loss to a very good Louisville team and it’s a rough week for IU. This is a team that is much better than they are currently playing. When healthy, this is easily a top 15/top 10 team in the country. Indiana doesn’t get much rest as they have home games against #13 Wisconsin and Illinois this week.
The Hawkeyes went 1-1 last week after a blowout loss to Purdue and came home to beat Michigan in overtime. An off night against Purdue is really one of the only blemishes on Peter Jok’s outstanding scoring numbers this season. Jok is the guy for Iowa and will be the reason they win Big Ten games. They aren’t great defensively and need to score 75+ points if they want to win most games in the league. This week they head to Nebraska who is fresh off wins over Indiana and Maryland. They also host Rutgers who has noticeably cooled off after playing improved competition.
Marquette had just 8 scholarship players currently due to transfers and injuries. The Golden Eagles went 1-1 to open Big East play win a win over Georgetown and an absolute choke job in Newark against Seton Hall. Marquette has a big week as they head to Philly to take on #1 Villanova.
Notre Dame (AP: 23 Coaches: 21)
Notre Dame struggled with St. Peter’s and then squeaked by Pittsburgh in OT in their ACC opener. Bonzie Colson was a monster in the Pitt game with 21 points and 14 rebounds, helping pick up the slack left by off nights from Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem. Huge week for the Irish hosting both #9 Louisville and a Clemson team that is just outside the top 25.
Seton Hall (AP: RV Coaches: RV)
The Hall had a huge chance to make an early statement in the Big East and nationally as they headed over to Omaha to take on the Blue Jays. Creighton’s offense was just too much and SHU couldn’t find their defense or really offensive touch. They were very fortunate to have gutted out a win against Marquette, but it is a 1-1 start and they’ll take it. Angel Delgado is playing unbelievably good basketball right now and if you don’t know his name, learn it. This kid is for real. The Pirates get some much-needed rest (over half the team is fighting the flu) before they take on DePaul on Saturday.
St. John’s (MN)
The Johnnies have not played since December 10th, but will get their first action in almost a month tonight as they take on St. Olaf College at home. They will also host Concordia College and then head to Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday.
Washington University (St. Louis)
D-3 Hoops website has not been updated in a few weeks so we do not have an accurate rating for the Bears, but they were #25 when the rankings were last updated. Wash U picked up two nice road wins last week over Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster to improve to 8-3 overall. Conference play begins Saturday as the Bears head to Hyde Park to take on the University of Chicago.