College basketball’s first regular season polls—released last Monday—came with few surprises. The AP Top 25 consisted of merely cosmetic changes relative to the preseason poll, while the coaches’ poll involved little shuffling at all.
Week two was all about wholesale changes. And after whacky week of college hoops that experienced no shortage of upsets, the latest Top 25 takes no quite a different look.
Kentucky, following its loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, fell from No. 3 to No. 8, while the Blue Devils climbed up four spots to No. 5. Ohio State (No. 4 to No. 3) and Michigan (No. 5 to No. 4) each moved up a peg in the Top 5, trailing only Indiana (No. 1) and Louisville (No. 2), which held serve at the top.
Syracuse (No. 6), Florida (No. 7), North Carolina (No. 9) and Arizona (No. 10) round out the Top 10. The Orange cruised past Wagner and the Tar Heels used a second half surge to fight off Long Beach State in their only contests of the week, while the Gators racked up two wins in the week, the first a blowout win over Wisconsin.
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Shabazz Muhammad is free and now UCLA is on the up-and-up. The Bruins moved up to No. 11 from No. 13 despite a close call against UC Irvine—an overtime, one-point win—earlier in the week. Kansas didn’t survive its close call against Michigan State in the undercard of the Champions Classic. The Jayhawks dropped from No. 7 to No. 12 while the Spartans surged from No. 21 to No. 15.
Michigan State follows Missouri (No. 13) and Creighton (No. 14), which each stepped up one spot from last week. N.C. State (formerly No. 6) checks in at No. 16, the largest fall of any team remaining in the poll, thanks to an ugly loss in the finale of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Oklahoma State, the team that knocked off the Wolfpack, jump into the Top 25 for the first time. The Cowboys sit at No. 20.
Baylor tumbled from eight spots to No. 24 after losing to Colorado in the Charleston Classic semifinals. Notre Dame (No. 20, lost to Saint Joseph’s) and Wisconsin (No. 22, lost to Florida) dropped out of the altogether.
Colorado (No. 23) is a first-time entrant in the AP Top 25.
|AP Top 25|
|16||North Carolina State||3-1||600|
|25||San Diego State||2-1||98|
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