My, oh my, how quickly things can change in the realm of College Basketball. Now, it’s evident that parity disregards all rankings when tight moments in tight games. It has no regard if you are undefeated heading into the 12th week of play, no regard if you are a budding No. 2 in the country facing an unranked division foe, and certainly no regard if you are down a couple guys through the midway point of the season.
Destiny and fate still rule over any ranking, at any time, at any place.
This weekend finally allowed college basketball fans to see the downfall of undefeated Virginia, the No. 4 team in the country as they were humbled in the hostile environment known as Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke’s Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett put on a show as they’ve been doing for just about the entire calendar year to this point even when they were down a man in Tre Jones.
On top of that, No. 2 Michigan succumbed to defeat at the hands of unranked Wisconsin in a packed Kohl Center, as Badger faithful stormed the floor for what could be considered the biggest upset of the season. And did I mention that there were 10 other unranked teams that lost and got replaced on the top 25, in just this week alone?
Andy Katz’ power 36 revealed a drastic change in the top 5 powers, now putting Michigan State in the mix while bumping now former No. 4 Virginia out of the top 4 and Gonzaga reappears back in the top 5. Meanwhile, Michigan is now out.
12 ranked teams losing in a matter of a week usually means that significant changes have occurred in the weekly iteration of the AP Top 25, so see below where your favorite team landed this week.
AP Top 25 – Week 12
- Michigan State
- Michigan State
- Virginia Tech
- North Carolina
- Texas Tech
- Ole Miss
- NC State
- Mississippi State
- Iowa State’
Others Receiving Votes: Florida State, Purdue, Kansas State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Washington, Murray State, Cincinnati, Wofford, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Florida, TCU, Hofstra
The top 25 teams in the Associated Press’ College Basketball poll are determined on a point-based system. First place votes are noted in parentheses. A team receives 25 points for a first-place vote, 24 for a second-place vote and so on through one point for the 25th-place vote and prior ranking.