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Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky plummet, North Carolina takes over the top spot

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Chaos reigns supreme as the Top 25 poll gets a big reshuffling headed into the weekend slate.

Despite 5 first-place votes, the Tarheels aren't able to grab the top spot on their own.
Despite 5 first-place votes, the Tarheels aren't able to grab the top spot on their own.
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It's week 3 of the RCT Top 25 like, and the chaos of college basketball has wreaked havoc on the rankings.  If you would have told me after the Champions Classic that Kansas would be the only team in the Top 10 and Kentucky wouldn't even be ranked, I would have said our panel was drinking some extra strength Kool-Aid.

Oh yeah, Kentucky isn't ranked this week by the way.  Without further ado, I leave you to marvel at the weird nuggets of information you can find in our poll. What's the strangest ranking you see?

Rock Chalk Talk Top 25

Rank Team Points LW Change
1 North Carolina(5) 189 5 4
1 Villanova(1) 189 4 3
3 Oklahoma(1) 186 1 -2
4 Iowa 153 12 8
5 Kansas 150 3 -2
6 Southern Methodist 149 9 3
7 Maryland 147 8 1
8 Texas A&M 138 16 8
9 West Virginia 134 7 -2
10 Xavier 131 6 -4
11 Louisville(1) 118 15 4
12 Purdue 113 14 2
13 Virginia 109 10 -3
14 Michigan State 95 2 -12
15 Miami 77 11 -4
16 Iowa State 73 20 4
17 Arizona 72 19 2
18 Baylor 68 22 4
19 Providence 53 17 -2
20 Indiana 41 NR 6
21 Duke 34 13 -8
22 Southern California 33 25 3
23 South Carolina 31 24 1
24 Butler 30 23 -1
25 Saint Mary's 23 NR 1
Others Receiving Votes: Kentucky 18, Pittsburgh 15, Vanderbilt 12, Wichita State 7, Michigan 4, Valparaiso 4, St Mary's 2, Dayton 1, Florida 1
New this week: Indiana, Saint Mary's
Dropping out: Kentucky(18) , Pittsburgh(21)
Biggest Movers (still receiving votes):
Michigan State -12, Duke -8, Kentucky -8
Iowa +8, Texas A&M +8, Indiana +6

Rank misterbrain Hammen LAHawk (David) mikeville sax solo brendandzwierzynski FLJhawk
1 North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Louisville Oklahoma Villanova North Carolina North Carolina
2 Villanova Villanova Oklahoma Villanova North Carolina Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma
3 Maryland Oklahoma Villanova Kansas Villanova North Carolina Villanova Villanova
4 Oklahoma Kansas Maryland Purdue Iowa Louisville Maryland Maryland
5 Southern Methodist Xavier Kansas West Virginia Maryland Iowa Southern Methodist Kansas
6 Texas A&M Southern Methodist Xavier Oklahoma Southern Methodist West Virginia Iowa Southern Methodist
7 Purdue Purdue Southern Methodist Iowa Texas A&M Texas A&M Kansas Iowa
8 Kansas Iowa Iowa Texas A&M Xavier Virginia Texas A&M West Virginia
9 Xavier Texas A&M Texas A&M North Carolina Virginia Southern Methodist West Virginia Arizona
10 Iowa Maryland Michigan State Michigan State West Virginia Purdue Xavier Virginia
11 West Virginia Michigan State Virginia Duke Iowa State Maryland Louisville Xavier
12 Louisville Louisville West Virginia Miami Providence Miami Purdue Iowa State
13 Michigan State West Virginia Louisville Xavier Kansas Kansas Virginia Baylor
14 Miami Virginia Iowa State Saint Mary's Baylor Arizona Baylor Providence
15 Iowa State Baylor Butler Southern Methodist Miami Xavier Michigan State Michigan State
16 Baylor Indiana Miami Vanderbilt Butler Michigan State Arizona Texas A&M
17 Virginia Arizona South Carolina Virginia Purdue Duke Iowa State Purdue
18 Providence Miami Arizona Arizona Louisville Saint Mary's Miami Kentucky
19 Southern California South Carolina Baylor Indiana Southern California Iowa State Providence Louisville
20 Indiana Providence Providence Maryland Arizona Southern California Indiana Southern California
21 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Purdue Pittsburgh South Carolina Wichita State Kentucky South Carolina
22 Butler Iowa State Duke Michigan Indiana Valparaiso Southern California Indiana
23 South Carolina Duke Kentucky Baylor Michigan State Indiana Saint Mary's Butler
24 Arizona Kentucky Southern California Butler Wichita State Vanderbilt South Carolina St Mary's
25 Duke Southern California Indiana Iowa State Dayton Florida Duke Duke