During Selection Week in March, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will select the best 36 at-large teams to join the 32 automatic qualifiers to play in the Division I men’s basketball championship. Each week, Andy will rank his best 36 teams based on results to date. These rankings are his own and are in no way affiliated with the committee.

1. Duke: The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the AP poll going into the Champions Classic and beat No. 2 Michigan State. So why not switch those two teams in the Power 36? Of course. Duke beat the Spartans behind 37 points from Grayson Allen and a superb floor game from point freshman guard Trevon Duval. Marvin Bagley III was a non factor due to an eye injury, proving just how deep this squad will be this season. Wendell Carter Jr., yes another standout freshman, poured in 20 and 11 against overmatched Southern. Duke gets the early-season praise often, but it’s hard to argue so far against any accolades heading toward Durham right now.

Last week: Beat Michigan State, 88-81 in Chicago; Beat Southern, 78-61.

Up next: vs. Furman, Monday; vs. Portland State Thursday in quarterfinals of PK80 in Portland.

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2. Michigan State: The Spartans shouldn’t drop in the AP poll because of the loss to Duke. They are only sliding one spot in the Power 36. The game was a preview of a potential national title game so why should the Spartans be dinged because of a neutral court loss to the best team — right now. Michigan State has to finish the game better and coach Tom Izzo discussed that he might have played Miles Bridges too many minutes (37). But it’s hard not to be encouraged by Jaren Jackson Jr.,’s 19 points or Nick Ward’s early aggressiveness. Losing Kenny Goins for a few weeks with a sprained left knee hurts this team’s depth but Izzo’s crew has always been able to deal with adversity early in the season.