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NCAA College Basketball Top 25 Power Rankings (Week 4) 25-21

25. Connecticut Huskies

Tate's Take: 2 consecutive losses has the defending National Champions plummeting southward in the latest rankings. Neither of their L's this week were true road losses which included an overstanding 1 point loss in Storrs to top 10 ranked Texas (#6) and underrated West Virginia (#16) in Puerto Rico. Uconn cannot afford for NC State transfer Rodney Purvis to go scoreless again as he did vs. the Mountaineers. Besides the fact that Omar Calhoun may be the biggest disappointment follwing a better than average Freshman season, when Isaiah Taylor is inactive on your home floor after a loss and hold 6'9, 285-pound Cameron Ridley to 5 points, 0 rebounds, you MUST win that game!

24. Providence Friars

Tate's Take: Not a bad start for the Friars who totaled 2 consecutive wins over ACC programs (Florida State by 26 points, and Notre Dame by 1) on a neutral site where Senior stud LaDontae Henton exploded for 38 points vs. the Irish. The Providence faithful wasn't nearly as lucky on Sunday afternoon when they ran up on top-ranked Kentucky in Lexington. They'll look to rebound on the road Friday when they visit Boston college. Kris Dunn and Tyler Harris provide great complimentary help to a team that spreads the floor well and shares the wealth.

23. Illinois Fighting Illini

Tate's Take: Averaging 90 points per game (5th most in the nation) isn't often heard for a team playing in the Big Ten Conference but against the likes of Georgia Southern, Coppin State, Austin Peay, Brown U and Indiana State has college basketball die-hards wanting to see more. That more was granted (somewhat) when they took the hearts from the Baylor Bears although only scoring 62 points. The biggest test will come tonight on the road @ the #15 Hurricanes of Miami during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

22. Iowa State Cyclones

Tate's Take: The Mayor's ball club hasn't had exactly the easiest schedule in it's first 4 games but certainly not the most difficult. Defeating a very good future NCAA tournament team in Georgia State @ Ames and the Tide before dropping the ball to a sneaky Maryland (#21) team that was without it's best player Dez Wells in kansas City. Sure, Georges Niang is the big man on campus but it will take more than him to win over Fred Hoiberg.

21. Maryland Terrapins

Tate's Take: There's no secret of the Terps recent struggles without legendary coach Gary Williams but things seem to be coming around for Maryland. They're winning games and back in both polls of the Top 25. Jack Layman and Melo Trimble have indeed stepped up during the biggest time of need for the Turtles both averaging well into double figures on the season. Most impressively they're doing it all without they're most relied upon players who are out on the IR: Dez Wells (wrist), and Evan Smotrycz (ankle). They'll need every bit of that near 50% FG shooting tomorrow night when they welcome defending ACC regular season and conference tournament champion #7 Virginia Cavaliers to the Comcast Center. They'll need another similar outing on display after taking down #22 Iowa State.

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