Michigan State vacates the top spot following a strange home loss, Duke’s surprise benching of a rotation player and two of college basketball’s blue bloods make an exit in this week’s Top Freking 10 college basketball rankings.
1. ARIZONA (last week: 2)
The Wildcats have been the most impressive team to date, so they get bumped to the top spot after Michigan State’s loss to North Carolina. Arizona — with seven players averaging at least 6.5 points — will likely be 10-0 entering Saturday’s tilt at Michigan.
2. SYRACUSE (LW: 3)
Everyone knew the Orange would receive strong play from C.J. Fair, the preseason ACC Player of the Year. The guard play from sophomore Trevor Cooney and freshman Tyler Ennis was less uncertain — but has turned out to be exemplary. Cooney is putting up 15 points per game while shooting 48 percent from 3-point land. Ennis, replacing NBA lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams at the point, has been very steady with 11 points and 5 assists a night.
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