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Men's Basketball AP Top 25: 1.5.15

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Who's up and who's down in college basketball.

The Pirates swashbuckled their way into the Top 25 this week.
The Pirates swashbuckled their way into the Top 25 this week.
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The new poll is out, and yet again the Big 12 has 6 teams in the Top 25, but only one of those is in the Top 10.  This week, Texas leads the way for the conference after Iowa State was upset by South Carolina.  They check in at #10 followed by #12 Kansas, #14 West Virginia, #16 Oklahoma, #17 Iowa State and #21 Baylor.  TCU fell out of the poll with their loss, but are still receiving votes.  I guess some voters thought that Oklahoma State's bowl victory over Washington was on the basketball court, as I'm not sure an ugly win against Missouri in Kansas City and a strong defensive effort against Kansas State should be enough to magically get them votes in the poll this week.

There are 5 Top 25 teams in action tonight, with West Virginia pulling away from Texas Tech in Lubbock and #13 Notre Dame keeping #18 just outside of arm's reach in Chapel Hill.  Later in Austin, Oklahoma takes on Texas to get an early leg up in the conference race.

The only two teams to drop significantly were Iowa State (8 spots) after being upset by South Carolina and St. John's (9 spots) after losing to both Seton Hall and Butler this week.  Old Dominion and Seton Hall (who also beat Villanova this week) make their debuts this week, and the poll welcomes back Arkansas and VCU.

Wichita State moved up one spot this week thanks to the Iowa State loss.

Who did the AP get right/wrong?  Channel your inner Gary Parrish and attack!

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 1600 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 1535 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 1446 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1397 4
5 Louisville Cardinals 1322 5
6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1275 7
7 Arizona Wildcats 1260 8
8 Villanova Wildcats 1089 6
9 Utah Utes 1059 10
10 Texas Longhorns 976 11
11 Maryland Terrapins 966 12
12 Kansas Jayhawks 884 13
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 775 14
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 712 17
15 Wichita State Shockers 686 16
16 Oklahoma Sooners 674 18
17 Iowa State Cyclones 663 9
18 North Carolina Tar Heels 591 19
19 Seton Hall Pirates 448 -
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 311 27
21 Baylor Bears 186 22
22 Ohio State Buckeyes 184 20
23 Arkansas Razorbacks 103 29
24 St. John's Red Storm 92 15
25 Old Dominion Monarchs 80 30
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa (12-2) 72; Iowa (10-4) 63; Butler (11-4) 53; LSU (11-2) 50; George Washington (11-3) 39; TCU (13-1) 33; Temple (11-4) 33; Colorado State (14-1) 31; Stanford (10-3) 29; South Carolina (9-3) 16; Washington (11-3) 13; Wyoming (13-2) 11; Indiana (11-3) 9; Oklahoma State (11-2) 9; Georgetown (9-4) 7; Cincinnati (10-3) 6; Dayton (11-2) 5; Brigham Young (13-4) 3; Xavier (10-4) 2; Hofstra (10-4) 1; Davidson (10-2) 1