It is time for another weekly readjustment of the Associated Press Top 25 and a reassessment of the list of the best teams in the country, as we move a couple of days further to the end of the season, and what a tumultuous season it has been. This week, the paradigm shifts even further as more positions will change with some revelating upsets and close victories within the top 25.
It hasn’t been the cheekiest of results for some inhabitants of the Associated Press list in Week 15. Villanova lost a barnburner down the stretch to No. 10 Marquette and their star Markus Howard, who will definitely be in the Naismith conversation at year’s end. Virginia gave up their second loss of the year to Duke, the same team that gave them their first one, as RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson continued to make their case as the two best players in the country (and not to mention, they did it in front of LeBron and Rajon Rondo, who were sitting in the front row in John Paul Jones Arena).
Tennessee flexed their muscles again for the entire college basketball universe to see after a double-digit victory against Florida, as they continue to prove why experts keeping them in the No. 1 slot are correct, week after week. Kentucky once again came out on top against in-conference rival Mississippi State, and their names will likely appear inside the top 5, just like they have in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings for this week.
See where your favorite team landed, or just missed out, in Week 15’s iteration of the Associated Press Top 25.
AP Top 25 – Week 15
- Tennessee (40)
- Duke (24)
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- Texas Tech
- Florida State
- Kansas State
- Virginia Tech
- Iowa State
Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati (76), Auburn (35), Wofford (22), Washington (17), Lipscomb (6), TCU (5), Texas (3), Clemson (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.