Here’s our updated power rankings based on games played as of December 1, 2013.
Note: Division ranking in parenthesis. National rankings are courtesy of KenPom.com. Arrows denote movement in overall Power Rankings. since previous power rankings.
1. (1st South) Charleston Southern 3-3 #152 1
Charleston Southern had just 1 game this week where they took care of Trinity 105-58. The Buccaneers had 5 players score in double figures and none with more than 14 points.
2. (2nd S) Winthrop 5-1 #165 1
The Eagles continue their solid start to the season as they have improved to 5-1 under 2nd year head coach Pat Kelsey. The Eagles defeated James Madison of the CAA 69-57 in their only game played this week.
3. (1st North) Radford 4-2 #241 4
The Highlanders were 1-1 on the week with a road victory over Cornell by 15 points and a loss to Virginia Tech 81-56. At 4-2, Radford is off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.
4. (3rd S) Coastal Carolina 2-5 #225 no change
The Chanticleers got embarrassed by in-state opponent Clemson 69-40. Coastal came out of the gates sluggish as they missed their first 11 field goal attempts and trailed 33-13 late in the 1st half.
5. (2nd N) VMI 4-3 #292 4
The Keydets came back down to earth following their 30 point blowout loss on the road to William & Mary. The Tribe were 12/27 from 3 point land compared to VMI’s 6/25.
6. (3rd N) High Point 3-3 #172 1
The Panthers lost to Stephen F Austin 71-68 in their only game this week. John Brown led the team with 26 points and 13 boards. High Point was without Allan Chaney after his defibrillator scare last week.
7. (4th S) Gardner-Webb 4-4 #242 3
The Runnin’ Bulldogs picked up wins over IUPUI and Morehead State after falling to Northwestern by 13 earlier in the week. Texas A&M transfer Naji Hibbert led GWU with 23 points in their overtime win over Morehead State.
8. (4th N) Liberty 3-5 #232 3
After starting the season 1-5 much of FlamesNation had the feeling that they were going to witness a repeat of last season’s team when they started 0-8 and did not pick up their first Division I win until New Year’s Eve. Well, the Flames proved that not to be the case as Liberty went to Texas as part of the Corpus Christi Challenge and came home with 2 consecutive wins over Hampton and Sam Houston State.
9. (5th N) Campbell 4-3 #282 no change
Campbell was 2-0 on the week with wins over St. Andrews and Georgia Southern in overtime. Quinton Ray had a steal and scored the game-winning basket over GSU as time expired to give the Camels the 75-73 victory.
10. (5th S) UNC-Asheville 1-7 #257 4
UNCA was 0-3 on the week with losses to Rhode Island, East Carolina, and Charlotte. At least the Bulldogs are losing to good teams.
11. (6th N) Longwood 2-6 #325 3
After a surprising victory over Big 12 member TCU, Longwood and 1st year head coach Jayson Gee have come crashing back down to reality. The Lancers have lost 5 consecutive games including losses to the #287th and #342nd KenPom rated teams in North Carolina A&T and Mississippi Valley State.
12. (6th S) Presbyterian 1-5 #350 no change
KenPom now has the Blue Hose ranked as the 2nd worst team in all of Division 1 following their losses this week to Bowling Green and Georgia Southern.