The latest Busting Brackets Top 25–effective as of the end of Sunday, November 18–is replete with wholesale changes.
In all, five teams that appeared in last week’s poll have fallen out while three newcomers and one returning occupant join [or rejoin] the ranks. Notre Dame (previously No. 15, lost to Saint Joseph’s), VCU (previously No. 21, lost to Wichita State), Miami (previously No. 23, lost to Florida Gulf Coast), Wisconsin (previously No. 24, lost to Florida) and Murray State (previously No. 25, lost to Colorado) are on the outside looking in.
Previously unranked Oklahoma State surges to No. 17 after drubbing Tennessee and N.C. State to seize the Puerto Rice Tip-Off tittle. Connecticut is making its first appearance in the Busting Brackets Top 25 as well, checking in at No. 18. The Huskies recorded their big win of the young season two Fridays ago in Germany against Michigan State. Undefeated Colorado pulls in at No. 22 after beating Baylor and Murray State to win the Charleston Classic. The Buffaloes are the only team to beat two ranked opponents in the same week. San Diego State sneaks back into the poll after starting the season ranked 14th in the Busting Brackets Top 25. The Aztecs dropped their season opener against Syracuse aboard the USS Midway but have since rattled off two wins over the last week.
Duke takes Kentucky’s spot at No. 3 after outlasting the Cats in Cat-lanta at the Champions Classic. The Wildcats, meanwhile, tumble to No. 15. Syracuse (No. 4) and Ohio State (No. 5) round out the poll. The Buckeyes survived a weekend scare against Rhode Island before handling Washington to win the Hall of Fame tournament.
Kansas, with its loss to Michigan State in the undercard of the Champions Classic, falls from No. 10 to No. 14 while the Spartans climb back into the poll after a one-week absence. Baylor spirals from No. 8 to No. 23 after a letdown performance against Colorado. N.C. State took the biggest nosedive of all, tumbling from No. 4 to No. 24 after its no-show against Oklahoma State.
North Carolina surges seven spots from No. 18 to No. 11. The Heels handled Long Beach State on the road in their only test of the week, an appetizer to the Maui Invitational that began on Monday. UCLA, despite a close overtime call against UC Irvine, rises one spots to No. 13 in light of the NCAA’s clearance of freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad. Cincinnati jumps four spots (from No. 20 to No. 16) after cruising in its two games last week. The Bearcats won those two games by an average of 48 points.
|Busting Brackets Top 25|
|11||North Carolina ||3-0|
|17||Oklahoma State ||4-0|
|24||North Carolina State ||3-1|
|25||San Diego State||2-1|