ESPN USA Today College Basketball Top 25 Rankings Week 3: North Carolina Holds Top Spot, Louisville and Michigan State Tumble

Atlanta, Ga. 12/02/2008 03:12 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

The ESPN USA Today men’s college basketball Top 25 rankings for Week 3 have kept the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Connecticut Huskies at #1 and #2 while Gonzaga has shot up to #5 following impressive wins over Oklahoma State, Maryland and Tennessee.


UNC captured the Maui Invitational after dropping Notre Dame in the finals and followed that up with a blasting of UNC Ashville to complete a 4-0 week while Connecticut remained unbeaten with wins over Bryant University and Wisconsin.


Pittsburgh inched up to #3 after the Louisville Cardinals fell to Western Kentucky. The Panthers beat Washington State and Texas Tech during their 3-0 week. Duke moved up to #4 after an easy win over Duquesne.


The Oklahoma Sooners shot up seven spots to #6 in the ESPN USA Today college basketball rankings for Week 3 after topping UAB and Purdue to improve to 6-0 on the year.


Notre Dame’s loss to the Tar Heels didn’t hurt them and they actually moved up a spot after knocking off Texas to reach the Maui Invitational finals. Texas slipped to #8 following their loss to the Irish.


Xavier jumped six spots this week to #14 while Syracuse jumped into the Top 25 landing at #20 after a strong week.


ESPN USA Today College Basketball Top 25 Rankings Week 3


1. North Carolina (31) 7-0 775

 2. Connecticut 6-0 738

 3. Pittsburgh 7-0 694

 4. Duke 7-0 680

 5. Gonzaga 5-0 640

 6. Oklahoma 6-0 601

 7. Notre Dame 5-1 550

 8. Texas 5-1 535

 9. UCLA 4-1 471

10. Purdue 5-1 463

11. Louisville 2-1 435

12. Michigan State 4-1 420

13. Tennessee 5-1 391

14. Xavier 6-0 322

15. Memphis 4-1 269

16. Villanova 6-0 248

17. Wake Forest 6-0 247

18. Georgetown 4-1 231

19. Arizona State 5-1 218

20. Syracuse 6-0 206

21. Florida 5-1 196

22. Miami (FL) 4-1 158

22. Wisconsin 5-1 158

24. Davidson 5-1 96

25. Kansas 4-1 91




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