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RCT Top 25 Basketball Poll: Baylor takes over as #1, Kansas holds steady.

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The Big 12 still dominates the top of our poll, but the ACC still has the most teams.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

After a thrilling week of action with the RCT Top 25 in existence this season, we’ve seen quite the shakeup. There were big upsets galore, and some teams made huge jumps because of it.

Before we get to the poll results, I’d like to note that while the poll isn’t being released until this morning, all the votes that are tallied here were received prior to the start of the action yesterday (which is why Baylor isn’t being penalized for the big loss last night). We lost a couple voters this week, but I’ve been assured that they will be back soon. We also picked up a new voter, and I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that it is never too late to join our voting panel. Just let me know if you want to be included in future ballots, which are due immediately after Monday night games are completed.

And now, on to this week’s poll:

RCT Top 25 Poll Week 2

Rank Team Points LW Change
Rank Team Points LW Change
1 Baylor(2) 145 4 3
2 Kansas(3) 143 2 0
3 Kentucky(1) 134 5 2
4 UCLA 129 7 3
5 Villanova 121 1 -4
6 Gonzaga 112 9 3
7 West Virginia 111 3 -4
8 Duke 106 8 0
9 Florida State 102 12 3
10 Creighton 87 13 3
11 Butler 75 18 7
12 Oregon 72 16 4
13 Louisville 71 5 -8
13 North Carolina 71 11 -2
15 Arizona 68 19 4
16 Florida 56 20 4
17 Wisconsin 54 14 -3
18 Xavier 50 17 -1
19 Purdue 49 15 -4
20 Virginia 44 10 -10
21 Saint Mary's 27 21 0
22 Cincinnati 19 22 0
22 Notre Dame 19 NR 7
24 USC 15 NR 5
25 Minnesota 12 NR 7
25 Ohio State 12 NR 1
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 10, Virginia Tech 9, Kansas State 6, St. Mary's 6, Texas Tech 5, Wichita State 3, Clemson 2, Indiana 2, Iowa State 2, Seton Hall 1                                                                                                   New this week: Notre Dame, USC, Minnesota, Ohio State                                                                                            Dropping out: Indiana(22) , Virginia Tech(24) , Wichita State(25)                                                                                      Biggest Movers (still in the poll):                                                                                                                                Virginia -10, Louisville -8, 3 tied at -4                                                                                                                               Butler +7, Notre Dame +7, Minnesota +7    

Last night featured 3 games between Top 25 teams, when the #7 West Virginia Mountaineers beat the #1 Baylor Bears 89-68, the #5 Villanova Wildcats beat the #18 Xavier Musketeers 79-54 and the #9 Florida State Seminoles beat the # 8 Duke Blue Devils 88-72.

And of course, as usual, here are the individual ballots. Feel free to give a Poll Attacks style critique, but make sure to back it up with something solid.

Ballots Week 2

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Rank Andy mikeville jakebogen95 FLJhawk fizzle406 illmitch
1 Baylor Baylor Kansas Kansas Kansas Kentucky
2 Kentucky Villanova Baylor Baylor Baylor Kansas
3 Villanova UCLA Villanova Villanova UCLA Baylor
4 Kansas Kansas UCLA UCLA Kentucky UCLA
5 Gonzaga Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky West Virginia Villanova
6 West Virginia Duke Creighton Duke Louisville North Carolina
7 Florida State Gonzaga Gonzaga West Virginia Duke Gonzaga
8 Duke Florida State Florida State Florida State Gonzaga Duke
9 UCLA West Virginia West Virginia Creighton Florida State West Virginia
10 Virginia Butler Oregon Gonzaga Oregon Florida
11 North Carolina Creighton Butler Oregon Wisconsin Virginia
12 Creighton North Carolina Arizona North Carolina Creighton Louisville
13 Butler Xavier Xavier Butler Florida Purdue
14 Wisconsin Arizona USC Louisville Ohio State Florida State
15 Arizona Florida Duke Arizona Arizona Wisconsin
16 Purdue Oregon Louisville Florida Georgetown Butler
17 Xavier Notre Dame Saint Mary's Saint Mary's Purdue Arizona
18 Louisville Virginia Cincinnati Purdue Butler Oregon
19 Oregon Louisville Minnesota Xavier Villanova Creighton
20 Florida Purdue Kansas State Wisconsin North Carolina St. Mary's
21 Saint Mary's Wisconsin Wisconsin Virginia Virginia Tech Cincinnati
22 Texas Tech Saint Mary's Notre Dame Virginia Tech Xavier Xavier
23 Wichita State Cincinnati Purdue Notre Dame USC Notre Dame
24 Iowa State Minnesota North Carolina Cincinnati Indiana Minnesota
25 Cincinnati Clemson Seton Hall Minnesota Texas Tech Clemson