The top two teams in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll remained unchanged for a fifth week, with UConn and Purdue holding on to their positions at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. However, there was a significant shakeup in the rankings as a total of 17 ranked teams suffered at least one loss.
Marquette rose three spots to No. 4, while Iowa State moved up four spots to No. 10, taking advantage of the losses suffered by other top-ranked teams such as Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Arizona also made a move up three spots to rejoin the top five in the AP poll after winning seven out of their last eight games in Pac-12 play and leading the conference regular-season race by one game.
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. Houston ranks at No. 3, followed by Marquette at No. 4 and Arizona at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 rankings this week.
Just outside of the top ten include Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Duke receiving votes.
Further down the rankings, teams such as Utah St., Colorado St., Texas Tech, and San Diego St received votes but did not make it into the top twenty-five.
Overall, there were some interesting moves in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings that will have implications for conference championship races and tournament seeding come selection Sunday.