Power rankings are based on games played through January 13th.
Note: National rankings are courtesy of KenPom.com. Arrows denote movement in power rankings since last ranking.
1. Lipscomb 12-4, 3-0 #56
The Bisons (or is it Bison?) have opened conference play with 3 straight wins, but they were pushed to the brink in their ASUN opener against Jacksonville. After leading most of the way, Lipscomb had to withstand a wayward 3-pointer at the buzzer to hang on to the narrow with their leading scorer Garrison Mathews sidelined with a knee injury.
This week: 1/16 @ NJIT, 1/21 vs Kennesaw St
2. Liberty 14-4, 3-0 #59
The two LUs are really 1a and 1b. The margin between the two is razor thin, and Lipscomb only gets the benefit of the doubt because they are the defending champs and preseason favorite. After a quick road trip to Atlanta on Wednesday, the Flames have probably its toughest test of the young ASUN schedule on Saturday in the Vines Center against North Florida.
This week: 1/16 @ Kennesaw St, 1/19 vs North Florida, 1/21 vs North Alabama
3. North Florida 8-10, 2-1 #173
The Ospreys’ first two ASUN wins have come by a combined 50 points over North Alabama and FGCU. Their only loss was at Lipscomb. And don’t forget, UNF is one of only 3 ASUN teams that have won the league in the past 5 years.
This week: 1/16 @ Stetson, 1/19 @ Liberty, 1/21 vs NJIT
4. NJIT 13-4, 1-1 #173
After racing out to a conference-best 12-3 in non-conference, the Highlanders got knocked off by North Alabama Saturday night. Huge test looms Saturday against Lipscomb
This week: 1/16 vs Lipscomb, 1/19 vs Jacksonville, 1/21 @ North Florida
5. Jacksonville 8-10, 1-2 #269
Jacksonville has likely had the most difficult schedule through 3 ASUN games, having 2 of three games on the road including having to face both of the LUs. The Dolphins had a strong showing against both, falling by just 3 against Lipscomb and pushing Liberty late in the 2nd half.
This week: 1/16 vs North Alabama, 1/19 @ NJIT
6. North Alabama 5-13, 2-1 #320
Under first-year head coach Tony Pujol, the Lions have been the surprise of the early conference season, winning two straight games after dropping their first 13 games against Division I opponents this season. Getting home wins this early in ASUN play against the likes of FGCU and NJIT will definitely help UNA in their transition from the D2 ranks.
This week: 1/16 @ Jacksonville, 1/19 vs Stetson, 1/21 @ Liberty
7. FGCU 5-13, 0-3 #263
FGCU went to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017 and, as ASUN regular season champs, advanced to the NIT in 2018. So, for them to drop this far, this fast, is just as surprising, if not more so, than what UNA has accomplished in that program’s first year as a DI program. The Eagles still have plenty of talent and face KSU and Stetson in its next two games, so don’t rule them out yet.
This week: 1/19 @ Kennesaw St, 1/21 vs Stetson
8. Kennesaw State 3-14, 0-2 #344
How much more time does Al Skinner get? Not much if the Owls keep dropping ASUN contests by 20 as they have done in each of their first two games.
This week: 1/16 vs Liberty, 1/19 vs FGCU, 1/21 @ Lipscomb
9. Stetson 4-13, 0-2 #341
Stetson isn’t very good, obviously, but most ASUN teams will struggle against Liberty and Lipscomb, the Hatters’ first two losses. Still a lot of basketball to be played for Corey Williams’ squad.
This week: 1/16 vs North Florida, 1/19 @ North Alabama, 1/21 @ FGCU