The top two teams in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll remained the same for a fifth week, with UConn and Purdue staying at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. However, 17 ranked teams in total took at least one loss, leading to a shakeup in the rankings.
Marquette rose up three spots to No. 4, while Iowa State moved up four spots to No. 10. Both teams took advantage of the losses suffered by other top-ranked teams, including Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The losses of these top-ranked teams allowed Marquette and Iowa State to make their move up the rankings.
Arizona also made a move up three spots to rejoin the top 5 in the AP poll this week after winning seven of their last eight games in Pac-12 play and being one game ahead in the conference regular season race. The team had been out of the top five for a few weeks but managed to climb back into it with their impressive performance on the court.
Indiana State appeared in the rankings for the first time since the late 1970s, listed at No. 23 this week after wins over Valpo and Missouri State. This was an exciting moment for Indiana State fans who have been waiting for their team to be recognized nationally once again after decades of success on a smaller scale.
In terms of votes received, Utah St., Colorado St., Texas Tech, and San Diego St were all still receiving votes from coaches and media members who believe they are strong contenders for inclusion in future rankings or even a spot higher than they currently sit on this list.
Overall, there was plenty of movement this week as some teams rose up while others fell down due to losses suffered by other top-ranked teams.