Oklahoma State University LogoItsAesthus's Ballot for Week 2 of 2021-22

Submitted on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 10:08PM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga No surprise here. Gonzaga dismantled Texas to further strengthen their grip on the #1 spot.
2 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA UCLA delivered an emphatic overtime win over Villanova, with Juzang and Jaquez both topping 20 points.
3 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Under the assumption that Michigan State is indeed a quality win, Kansas had a fantastic first week.
4 University of Michigan Logo Michigan The win over Buffalo was...not bad, considering Buffalo isn't bad, but still left more questions for Michigan than the top three.
5 Baylor University Logo Baylor Not much can be said of Baylor yet, but they did show off some impressive depth in a rout of Incarnate Word.
6 Duke University Logo Duke Duke wasted no time getting back to top-ten form with an impressive win over Kentucky, but they soon looked dodgy against Campbell.
7 Villanova University Logo Villanova Villanova has some great talent, but depth is evidently a concern: the bench scored only four points in an overtime loss to UCLA.
8 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas Maybe that was just Gonzaga being really good? But...yikes. Getting outshot 54% to 44% isn't good against anyone, even #1.
9 University of Memphis Logo Memphis Memphis has a fascinating non-conference slate coming up, including Saint Louis, WKU, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Tennessee.
10 Purdue University Logo Purdue Purdue controlled its first two games without much fanfare. Games against UNC and FSU lurk later in the month.
11 University of Oregon Logo Oregon Oregon looked excellent against SMU, taking a double-digit lead after just 3:13 and never relinquishing it.
12 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo Illinois Illinois gets their first real test with a visit to Marquette, but they don't face a ranked team until January 2022.
13 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Kentucky's only meaningful game so far is a loss to Duke, and it should stay that way until December 11, when they go to Notre Dame.
14 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee A showdown with Villanova should test the Vols' ability to take the next step and take the lead of a tough SEC.
15 University of Arkansas Logo Arkansas Who had JD Notae with 48 points through two games? The fifth-year player rescued Arkansas against Mercer and has been simply superb.
16 University of Alabama Logo Alabama Summit leader South Dakota State gave Bama some trouble, but the Tide have 197 points in two games and aren't slowing down.
17 University of Houston Logo Houston An overtime escape from Hofstra wasn't great, but Houston bounced back well against Rice and now takes on an ailing Virginia.
18 University of Connecticut Logo UConn This looked like a solid-all-around kind of team, and that it has been, though Adama Sanogo's first two 20-point games have been cool.
19 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech Rocking Navy by twenty points, just days after the Midshipmen upset Virginia? A pretty good feeling, I'd imagine.
20 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech Texas Tech doesn't play anyone remotely in their league until December—and then they play Tennessee and Gonzaga across two weeks. Fun!
21 St. Bonaventure University Logo St. Bonaventure The Bonnies' defense came up big, holding Canisius to just one point from 6:54 until garbage time, but it shouldn't have needed to.
22 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State Once again, Ohio State started the season slow, flirting with disaster against Akron and Niagara. They'll probably be fine. Right?
23 Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola Chicago Loyola-Chicago cruised through its first two games like few other teams, rising to the top 25 before facing YOUR 2-0 CHICAGO STATE COUGARS.
24 Brigham Young University Logo BYU Outside the high-profile tournaments, BYU's win over SDSU is among the best in basketball. Next up: Oregon.
25 Colorado State University Logo Colorado State The 25-35 range is a mess, so CSU gets the nod for its impressively dominance so far. Next five: FSU, UMD, CSU, AUB, MSU