It’s that time to reorder the always fluctuating Associated Press Top 25 again.
Not much has changed in the top 5, but a little below them is where it gets increasingly interesting. Heavily-favored No. 6 Michigan State was predestined to walk over Purdue with little to no difficulty at home, but that didn’t come into fruition resulting in a shocking home court loss to the Boilermakers. Auburn’s not-so-great 2018-19 campaign just got worse with a disappointingly close loss to No. 22 Mississippi State in Starkville and their 16th best ranking will dip even further. During Saturday’s Big 12-SEC Challenge, Bill Self’s No. 9 Jayhawks look to be suffering from a rotational issue of big men as the Cats were just mauling them inside the paint while Dedric Lawson could only do so much.
But in essence, that was just about it this weekend, if we’re talking barn-burner upsets. Nothing major has affected the top 25 picture, and a majority of the top 25 who finished with high marks will only see their stock ascend, even if it’s just a spot or two. It’s January, but around this time we see the elite teams round themselves out en route to Selection Sunday, and the suboptimal squads showing themselves to be good enough to compete in the NIT.
We still have a whole two months to go, but for now, your Dukes, Virginias, Tennessees, and Michigans of the world are showing who they are down the stretch.
Now, with that being said, below is the updated AP Top 25 list for week 13.
AP Top 25 Poll – Week 13
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
- Virginia Tech
- Texas Tech
- Iowa State
- Mississippi State
- North Carolina State
- Florida State
Others Receiving Votes: Auburn (85), Cincinnati (76), Washington (75), Kansas State (73), Oklahoma (41), Iowa (28), Wofford (10), Hofstra (9), TCU (7), Mississippi (7), Nebraska (6), Davidson (5), Syracuse (3), Minnesota (1).
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.