Dec 23, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats mascot Wilbur interacts with the crowd during the second half against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at McKale Center. Arizona won 77-44. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

New AP Poll Released and Not Much Has Changed

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Dec 23, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Gabe York (1) defends Northern Arizona Lumberjacks guard Kris Yanku (4) during the second half at McKale Center. Arizona won 77-44. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

A fresh version of the AP Poll was ritualistically released today, prompting the typical analysis and criticism from the usual suspects.  This week, many things changed, yet many remained the same.

The Arizona Wildcats, for instance, remained at the top spot this week, after demolishing Northern Arizona 77-44.  Essentially, the entire top 5 stayed intact, as all of them were able to keep winning this past week, including Syracuse, who overcame a massive deficit to knock No. 8 Villanova  from the ranks of the unbeaten, as well as knocking them down to 11th in the newest poll.

The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals also lost this week to intrastate rival Kentucky, which moved only 3 spots from 18th to 15th, and still a spot behind the new number 14, Louisville.

Another unbeaten team, Wichita State, moved up to number 8 this week, and they will certainly keep climbing, as I doubt they’ll lose a game for a while in a weakened Missouri Valley Conference (one without Creighton).

RANK TEAM RECORD PREV
1 Arizona (60) 13-0 1
2 Syracuse (5) 12-0 2
3 Ohio State 13-0 3
4 Wisconsin 13-0 4
5 Michigan State 11-1 5
6 Oklahoma State 11-1 7
7 Duke 10-2 9
8 Wichita State 13-0 10
9 Baylor 10-1 11
10 Oregon 12-0 12
11 Villanova 11-1 8
12 Florida 10-2 13
13 Iowa State 11-0 14
14 Louisville 11-2 6
15 Kentucky 10-3 18
16 Kansas 8-3 16
17 Connecticut 11-1 15
18 Memphis 9-2 17
19 North Carolina 9-3 19
20 Colorado 11-2 21
21 San Diego State 10-1 20
22 Iowa 11-2 22
23 Massachusetts 11-1 23
24 Gonzaga 11-2 24
25 Missouri 11-1 25

 

Others receiving votes:  Illinois 57, Texas 40, George Washington 37, Oklahoma 36, Toledo 32, Florida State 24, UCLA 19, Harvard 10, Michigan 7, Creighton 5, Kansas State 3, Pittsburgh 2, LSU 1

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