As there always is, we have some considerable adjustments to make on the Associated Press Top 25 list. The season is just about over, with only a handful of regular season games left. We are finally in March, and boy does that feel grand to scream to the mountaintops with the Madness just around the corner.
This week, we saw four of the top 10 teams in the nation take a loss to a lesser opponent. The battered and Zion-less No. 3 Duke Blue Devils lose a shocker at No. 20 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, unranked Indiana knocked off Big Ten rival No. 6 Michigan State in their assembly hall, No. 4 Kentucky dropped the ball in their second meeting with No. 7 Tennessee by suffering a 19-point blowout at Rocky Top, and No. 8 Houston was delivered a monumental five-point upset at the hands of the unranked UCF Knights.
Those and some other big happenings took place inside the Top 25, like how Utah State took down No. 12 Nevada, albeit, with some post-game court-storming controversy, while unranked Villanova got their revenge against the Markus Howard-led No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles in an upset.
Conference championship play begins for some but as of the moment, the season isn’t over just yet. With that in mind, here is another AP Top 25 list, updated in Week 18.
AP Top 25 – Week 18
- Gonzaga (42)
- Virginia (21)
- North Carolina
- Duke (1)
- Texas Tech
- Michigan State
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
- Kansas State
Other Receiving Votes: Auburn (43), Mississippi St. (25), Iowa St. (21), Utah St. (17), Washington (14), VCU (14), Louisville (12), New Mexico St. (8), Baylor (7), Belmont (7), Old Dominion (3).
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.