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RCT Top 25 - Week 9 - 2/10/15

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After losing his star player, can Shaka Smart push his team to keep their spot in the RCT Top 25?
After losing his star player, can Shaka Smart push his team to keep their spot in the RCT Top 25?
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For all the gripes I hear about the AP Top 25, it's amazing how close our own RCT Top 25 is to that one.  In fact, every single team in the AP Top 25 is also in the RCT Top 25.  Funny how that works, huh?

Similar to the AP Top 25, Kansas keeps the top spot for the Big 12 at #8. In our poll that was a drop of a single spot, which isn't unreasonable after losing in Stillwater.  The same group of Oklahoma, Iowa State, Baylor and Wichita State make up the 14-17 spots, but West Virginia and Oklahoma State both made it into the top 20, giving the Big 12 6 teams in the top 20 spots. And based on the AP poll, that isn't really home conference cooking either.

Rock Chalk Talk Top 25

Rank Team Points LW Change
1 Kentucky(7) 175 1 0
2 Virginia 162 2 0
3 Wisconsin 158 4 1
4 Duke 153 3 -1
4 Gonzaga 153 5 1
6 Villanova 141 8 2
7 Arizona 133 6 -1
8 Kansas 127 7 -1
9 Louisville 115 9 0
10 Utah 111 11 1
11 Notre Dame 106 10 -1
12 North Carolina 89 12 0
13 Iowa State 86 13 0
13 Northern Iowa 86 14 1
15 Oklahoma 85 16 1
16 Baylor 67 17 1
17 Wichita State 63 18 1
18 Butler 46 21 3
19 Oklahoma State 45 NR 14
20 West Virginia 41 15 -5
21 Maryland 38 20 -1
22 Virginia Commonwealth 31 19 -3
23 Ohio State 29 22 -1
24 Southern Methodist 12 25 1
25 Arkansas 11 NR 2
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 3, Providence 3, Stephen F. Austin 3, Texas 3
New this week: Oklahoma State, Arkansas
Dropping out: Georgetown(23) , Texas(24)
Biggest Movers (still in the poll):
West Virginia -5, Virginia Commonwealth -3
Oklahoma State +14, Butler +3

And of course, here are the individual ballots.

Rank misterbrain Jim Hammen PenHawk mikeville sax solo FLJhawk wkenefake
1 Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
2 Virginia Gonzaga Virginia Gonzaga Virginia Wisconsin Virginia
3 Gonzaga Wisconsin Duke Virginia Gonzaga Duke Wisconsin
4 Wisconsin Duke Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Virginia Duke
5 Duke Virginia Villanova Duke Duke Villanova Villanova
6 Arizona Villanova Arizona Villanova Arizona Gonzaga Gonzaga
7 Villanova Arizona Gonzaga Kansas Villanova Kansas Kansas
8 Kansas Kansas Kansas Arizona Utah Arizona Arizona
9 Louisville Louisville Utah Louisville Louisville Louisville Notre Dame
10 Notre Dame Utah Notre Dame Utah Kansas Notre Dame Louisville
11 Iowa State Notre Dame North Carolina Notre Dame Oklahoma Utah Utah
12 Utah Northern Iowa Louisville Northern Iowa Baylor North Carolina Oklahoma
13 North Carolina Iowa State Oklahoma Wichita State North Carolina Oklahoma Iowa State
14 Northern Iowa North Carolina Iowa State Iowa State Northern Iowa Iowa State Northern Iowa
15 Oklahoma Wichita State Northern Iowa North Carolina Notre Dame Northern Iowa North Carolina
16 Baylor Oklahoma Wichita State Baylor Wichita State Maryland Baylor
17 Oklahoma State Baylor Oklahoma State Oklahoma Iowa State Oklahoma State Ohio State
18 Butler Butler Baylor Butler Butler West Virginia Wichita State
19 Maryland Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth Maryland Ohio State Wichita State Butler
20 Virginia Commonwealth Maryland West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia Baylor West Virginia
21 West Virginia Oklahoma State Ohio State Virginia Commonwealth Oklahoma State Butler Oklahoma State
22 Wichita State West Virginia Maryland Arkansas Virginia Commonwealth Ohio State Maryland
23 Arkansas Arkansas Southern Methodist Oklahoma State Southern Methodist Southern Methodist Providence
24 Ohio State Ohio State Butler Southern Methodist Texas Virginia Commonwealth Georgetown
25 Stephen F. Austin Southern Methodist Texas Stephen F. Austin Georgetown Stephen F. Austin Arkansas

So where did we go wrong?