Alabama, Ohio State rise, Gonzaga, BYU fall in top-25

Tyson Walker Michigan State Spartans NCAA Basketball (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Almost a month into the NCAA basketball season and we’ve seen some great moments and thrills along the way. There were buzzer beaters, wild wins, unexpected crashes and standout performances during these first four weeks of the game. We’ve made it to December, but we’re still months away from March Madness and we’re still figuring out what some of these things are going to do this season.

Even though only a few weeks of matches have been played, there has certainly already been a significant movement among the best teams in the country, directly linked to major changes in the top 25 rankings. It’s too early to celebrate or panic about these returns, but there have certainly been changes.

We’re tracking those changes and continuing our weekly power rankings as a group here on Busting Brackets, with this one early every Sunday after the previous week of games. Only 27 teams got a vote this week, with Colorado State, San Francisco and LSU just missing the rankings.

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25. Michigan State (7-2)

They’ve lost a few games to two of the best teams in the country, but the Spartans look like they could be another contender in the Big Ten. For the most part, they’ve settled things in their other games, with defense leading the way, including in a couple of home wins this week. On Wednesday, they defeated Louisville 73-64 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Three days later, they scored an easier win against Toledo, beating the Rockets by 13 points.

Losses to Baylor and Kansas are understandable; even if both were double digits, but the Spartans have had some solid wins, knocking out Loyola-Chicago and UConn in the Bahamas a few weeks ago. With the way things started in the Big Ten, they are definitely behind Purdue at that conference. They will have a chance to prove that in the coming week by getting their first two conference games; a road test in Minnesota and a home meeting with Penn State over the weekend.

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