Let’s dive into the latest college basketball rankings:

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Gonzaga (43) 8-0 1,578 1
2 Kansas (19) 6-0 1,539 2
3 Duke (1) 7-1 1,463 3
4 Virginia (1) 7-0 1,367 4
5 Michigan 8-0 1,339 7
6 Nevada 8-0 1,300 5
7 Tennessee 6-1 1,238 6
8 Auburn 6-1 1,154 8
9 Kentucky 7-1 1,070 10
10 Michigan State 6-2 915 9
11 Florida State 6-1 871 15
12 Wisconsin 7-1 809 22
13 Texas Tech 7-0 783 20
14 North Carolina 6-2 782 11
15 Virginia Tech 6-1 675 13
16 Kansas State 6-1 629 12
17 Buffalo 7-0 515 21
18 Iowa 6-1 417 14
19 Ohio State 7-1 385 16
20 Arizona State 7-0 384 NR
21 Villanova 6-2 356 23
22 Mississippi State 6-1 243 25
23 Maryland 7-1 204 24
24 Nebraska 7-1 176 NR
25 Furman 8-0 101 NR

The top four teams remain the same, but Michigan vaulted into the top five this week after impressive wins over North Carolina and Purdue. Preseason expectations still play some of a role in these rankings, so it’s fair that the Wolverines aren’t first. But has any team looked better this year?

The defense is crazy good. It’s ranked first in the nation by a good margin and has held offenses like Villanova, Providence, North Carolina and Purdue under wraps. The Tar Heels are the only team to crack 65 on John Beilein’s squad, which features athletic, tenacious defenders at every spot. The offense, ranked 20th, has done its part. These guys are looking like national championship contenders once again.

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Michigan isn’t the only Big Ten team with a resume to be proud of. Wisconsin, ranked 22nd last week, is all the way up to No. 12 after wins over North Carolina State and Iowa.

Ethan Happ is balling, and he’s the biggest reason behind the Badgers’ hot start. But he’s not the only reason. D’Mitrik Trice struggled offensively to start his career, but he looks like a new man this year. Wisconsin is scoring 123.5 points per 100 possessions when Trice is in the game, a team high. He’s hitting a ridiculous 58.3 percent of his 3s on six attempts per game after hitting 30 percent from distance last year.

Wisconsin has long been known as a player development hub. Trice is a quality second option right now, and if he keeps this up, the Badgers could jump into the top 10 soon.