ESPN analyst Jay Bilas and a bunch of other folks who follow college basketball closely have noted that nobody has looked better and been more dominant than North Carolina through two weeks of this season.
I don't disagree.
As I noted late Wednesday, North Carolina is 7-0 with wins over Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Chattanooga. All seven wins have come by at least 15 points. The Tar Heels' average margin of victory is 27.3 points. And they never trailed for a single second in the entire Maui Invitational.
That's strong, strong, strong.
So if voters rank North Carolina No. 1 in Monday's Associated Press poll, I'll completely understand. It'll make sense. But I personally do not like dropping highly ranked teams unless they do something to be dropped, and it's not like Kentucky and Villanova have been anything but awesome and impressive, too.
So the top three of the Top 25 (and one) will for now remain Kentucky, Villanova and North Carolina, and in that order. But let the record show I'm just as impressed with the Tar Heels as everybody else. I don't know if they'll win the third national title of Roy Williams' career this season. But I do know they look plenty capable.
The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.
|Malik Monk is averaging 17.2 points and shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range. He's reached double-figures in points in all five UK games.||--||9-16|
|The Wildcats have a top-10 offense and defense, according to KenPom. Josh Hart is averaging a team-high 18.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals.||--||18-7|
|Five different Tar Heels are averaging at least 10.7 points through seven games. Joel Berry is averaging a team-high 17.1 points while shooting 47.1 percent from 3-point range.||--||18-11|
|Frank Mason is averaging a team-high 21.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Jayhawks. He's shooting 51.4 percent from the field.||--||21-9|
|The Blue Devils have the nation's most efficient offense with a rating of 122.2, according to KenPom. Luke Kennard is averaging a team-high 17.0 points and 6.3 rebounds.||--||13-11|
|Trevon Bluiett got 21 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's win over Northern Iowa. He's averaging a team-high 18.6 points through five games.||--||13-8|
|The Cavaliers held Grambling State to just 12 field goals in Tuesday's blowout of the Tigers. Virginia is leading the nation in defensive efficiency with a rating of 87.3.||--||18-7|
|Lonzo Ball finished with 20 points and 11 assists in Sunday's win over Long Beach State. The freshman guard is averaging 16.3 points, 9.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds through four games.||--||22-10|
|Jock Landale is averaging 21.3 points and 9.5 rebounds through four games for SMC. That's 13.4 more points and 5.6 more rebounds than he averaged last season.||--||14-10|
|Missouri transfer Johnathan Williams got 20 points on nine shots in Friday's win over Bryant. He's averaging 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds.||--||31-1|
|Rick Pitino's Cardinals needed overtime Wednesday to get past Old Dominion in their Battle 4 Atlantis opener. Jaylen Johnson is averaging 13.0 points and 11.5 rebounds.||--||13-7|
|Allonzo Trier still hasn't played for the Wildcats this season. Freshman Lauri Markkanen is averaging a team-high 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.||--||17-9|
|The Bluejays already have three top-100 KenPom wins. Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game while shooting 51.4 percent from 3-point range.||--||22-9|
|The Badgers allowed UNC to grab 88.6 percent of its defensive rebounding opportunities in Wednesday's loss. Nigel Hayes is now shooting just 29.0 from beyond the arc this season.||--||18-13|
|The Hoosiers missed 17 of the 24 3-pointers they attempted in Tuesday's loss at Fort Wayne. Regardless, they're still shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc on the season.||--||12-15|
|Scott Drew's Bears already own three top-80 KenPom wins thanks to victories over Oregon, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. Manu Lecomte is averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 assists.||--||28-2|
|The Spartans have won three straight since starting the season 0-2. Miles Bridges is averaging a team-high 17.2 points and a team-high 10.4 rebounds.||--||15-13|
|The Rams missed eight of the 11 3-point shots they attempted in Sunday's loss to Duke. Jarvis Garrett was 0-of-4 from beyond the arc.||--||10-15|
|The Boilermakers' lone loss is a 79-76 loss to Villanova. Caleb Swanigan is averaging 18.2 points and 11.8 rebounds while shooting 76.2 percent from the field.||--||18-10|
|Nebraska transfer Andrew White is averaging a team-high 17.3 points for the Orange. He's scored at least 15 points in all four of Syracuse's games.||--||18-10|
|Monte Morris recorded the fifth triple-double in Iowa State history during Sunday's win over The Citadel. The senior point guard finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and zero turnovers.||--||2-22|
|The Mountaineers forced New Hampshire into 34 turnovers in Sunday's win over the Wildcats. West Virginia is causing turnovers on 34.2 percent of its opponents' possessions.||--||19-10|
|Gregg Marshall's Shockers have won their five games by an average of 36.4 points. Markus McDuffie is averaging a team-best 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.||--||16-6|
|KeVaughn Allen is one of three Gators averaging at least 12 points per game. He's 11-of-11 from the free throw line so far this season.||1||15-10|
|The Bearcats are grabbing 40.7 percent of their own missed shots. They're led by Kyle Washington, who is averaging 17.2 points and 10.8 rebounds.||1||12-11|
|The Irish have the nation's lowest turnover percentage, which is among the reasons they have a top-10 offense. Notre Dame already owns two top-55 KenPom wins thanks to victories over Colorado and Northwestern.||NR||11-15|