With nearly a month of play in the books, things are starting to shape up across college basketball, as seen in the latest AP poll:  

Duke stays at No. 3

The nation’s best team according to KenPom.com remained at No. 3 in the most recent version of the AP Top 25. The Blue Devils picked up blowout victories against Indiana and Stetson last week, showing no signs of dejection following their loss to top-ranked Gonzaga. R.J. Barrett, who shot just 35.6 percent during the Maui Invitational, bounced back strongly for Duke, putting up 48 points on 65.6 percent from the field in the team’s contests against the Hoosiers and Hatters.

Michigan rises to No. 5

Head coach John Beilein’s squad may have the most impressive resume in all of college basketball in terms of opponents beaten. After embarrassing No. 21 Villanova 73-46 in a National Championship rematch, the Wolverines trounced then-No. 11 North Carolina 84-67 and then-No. 19 Purdue 76-57. On Saturday’s matchup against the Boilermakers, Michigan limited Naismith College Player of the Year candidate Carsen Edwards to his worst scoring output on the season. The Wolverines are led by the best defense in the country, yielding only 51.8 points per game.

North Carolina drops to No. 14

After suffering its first loss of the 2018-19 season to Texas, North Carolina fell once again, this time to Michigan. After the Tar Heels’ 84-67 loss in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Wednesday, head coach Roy White declared that the team “stinks right now.” Nassir Little, who was the sixth-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018, has not made as large of an impact as expected, and is averaging only 19.5 minutes per game.

Complete Rankings:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Kansas
  3. Duke
  4. Virginia
  5. Michigan
  6. Nevada
  7. Tennessee
  8. Auburn
  9. Kentucky
  10. Michigan State
  11. Florida State
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Texas Tech
  14. North Carolina
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Kansas State
  17. Buffalo
  18. Iowa
  19. Ohio State
  20. Arizona State
  21. Villanova
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Maryland
  24. Nebraska
  25. Furman