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How we voted: Duke holds down the top spot, but No. 2 Michigan State on deck for Blue Devils

Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Arizona, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)
Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Arizona, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)

A few of the freshman phenoms are starring already – Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III maybe more than others – but not much shifting after the first week of college basketball. Here’s how we voted.

1. Duke (2-0)

2. Michigan State (1-0)

3. Arizona (2-0)

4. Kansas (1-0)

5. Wichita State (1-0)

6. Kentucky (2-0)

7. Florida (0-0)

8. Villanova (1-0)

9. Cincinnati (1-0)

10. Southern California (1-0)

11. Miami (FL) (2-0)

12. Notre Dame (1-0)

13. Minnesota (1-0)

14. North Carolina (1-0)

15. Louisville (1-0)

16. Northwestern (1-0)

17. Gonzaga (1-0)

18. Seton Hall (2-0)

19. Saint Mary’s (Cal) (1-0)

20. Baylor (1-0)

21. Xavier (1-0)

22. Purdue (2-0)

23. Missouri (1-0)

24. Alabama (1-0)

25. Texas A&M (1-0)

Five thoughts

1) With most of the Top 25 playing the Savannah States and the South Carolina Upstates of the world in their season openers, there wasn’t much movement this week. Nobody dropped out of the top 10 and nobody dropped out of the Top 25.

2) The only teams that moved more than two places were West Virginia and Texas A&M. The Mountaineers slipped 13 spots from No. 11 to No. 24 after losing by 23 points to the Aggies in a season opener held at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Texas A&M jumped nine spots to No. 25.

3) The week ahead should be a telling one, with a couple of Top 10 vs. Top 10 matchups. It begins with No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Kansas on Tuesday at the United Center. Stay up to catch No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 7 Kentucky.

4) Two games against lower-tier opposition would suggest that Marvin Bagley III made the right call to reclassify. The Duke freshman scored 24 points and hauled down 10 rebounds in a 99-69 win over Utah Valley, then scored 25 more and pulled down 10 rebounds against Elon.

5) It looks like John Calipari’s 2017 band of five-stars this year might need some time to grow. The Wildcats are 2-0, but barely. In the season opener, they trailed Utah Valley 34-25 at halftime before rallying to win 73-63. They were less than dominant in their next test against Vermont, but managed to win 73-69.

Perusing the Pac-12

No. 3 Arizona – The Wildcats could have the best one-two, freshman-junior punch in Allonzo Trier and DeAndre Ayton. Trier was the Pac-12’s Player of the Week after scoring 32 and 30 points respectively against UMBC (am I the only one who had to Google that to find out UMBC is University of Maryland-Baltimore County?) and Northern Arizona. Ayton has two double-doubles in two games, recording 19 points and 13 rebounds against UMBC and 19 points and 12 rebounds against NAU.

No. 10 USC – Not much to see in the season opener for the Trojans, who rolled CSU Fullerton 84-42 at the Galen Center. USC projects to be balanced this season and it looked that way against the Titans, with four of the five scorers finishing in double digits.

No. 23 UCLA – LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley presumably cost the Bruins a few spots in the rankings because of their actions inside a Chinese Louis Vuitton store. UCLA beat Georgia Tech 63-60 in Shanghai without those three, but the Bruins could be at a big loss going forward. Hill and Riley were four-star prospects who were supposed to give UCLA a lift after losing Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu.

Home cooking

It was a rough weekend in the Inland Northwest for Texas Southern, which lost by 28 on Friday in Spokane before letting a 22-point lead slip in Pullman two days later. Even though Gonzaga might be lacking a bona fide star, Mark Few shouldn’t have trouble getting his guys to score this season. Josh Perkins poured in 20 points and four other Zags were in double digits Friday night in the season opener.

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