UConn and Purdue remained at the top of the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for a fifth week, with no changes in their rankings. However, 17 ranked teams suffered at least one loss, leading to a significant shakeup in the rankings. Marquette rose three spots to No. 4, while Iowa State moved up four spots to No. 10. Both teams took advantage of the losses suffered by other top-ranked teams, including Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Arizona also made a move up three spots to rejoin the top five in the AP poll this week after winning seven of their last eight games in Pac-12 play, one game ahead of the conference regular-season race. Additionally, Indiana State appeared in the rankings for the first time since the late 1970s this week, listed at No. 23 after wins over Valpo and Missouri State.
In terms of rankings, UConn holds the top spot in the AP Top 25, followed by Purdue at No. 2 and Houston at No. 3. Marquette ranks at No. 4 and Arizona is now back in the top five at No. 5. Just outside of the top ten include Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Duke respectively while further down there are teams receiving votes such as Utah St., Colorado St., Texas Tech and San Diego St.
Overall, these rankings reflect how unpredictable college basketball can be with many teams experiencing both victories and losses that can impact their positioning on national polls like this one from Associated Press (AP).