AP Top 25: Wisconsin drops out following loss to Western Illinois

College basketball’s Associated Press Poll went relatively unchanged this week, given that most of the teams involved played cupcakes and took care of business. North Carolina is still No. 1 after dispatching Temple and Fairfield, Kentucky’s still No. 2, and Maryland’s still No. 3.

There was an exception to that though, as Wisconsin proved unable to do its job this weekend and fell to Western Illinois 69-67 in Madison. For that reason, the Badgers are the sole team to fall out of the top-25 this week.

Wisconsin slid from No. 17 to out of the poll, and was replaced in the No. 25 spot by the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks will look to consolidate that position on Monday night, as they face off against newly anointed No. 20 Baylor in Eugene.

There was also some slight shuffling in the poll throughout, as Gonzaga and Wichita State flipped the No. 9 and 10 spots, with the Shockers overtaking the Bulldogs. Indiana and California also swapped, with the Hoosiers moving to No. 14 and Cal taking over at No. 15. Near the bottom of the poll, Baylor, Purdue and Butler all hopped over LSU, and those teams took over the Nos. 20 through 23 spots in the poll.

There should be some further shuffling this week following the yearly college basketball marathon, as plenty of teams will get their first test of the year. The matchups to look forward to are certainly in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, as No. 4 Kansas takes on No. 13 Michigan State, and No. 2 Kentucky faces No. 5 Duke.

The full poll:

1. North Carolina

2. Kentucky

3. Maryland

4. Kansas

5. Duke

6. Virginia

7. Iowa State

8. Oklahoma

9. Wichita State

10. Gonzaga

11. Villanova

12. Arizona

13. Michigan State

14. Indiana

15. California

16. Utah

17. Vanderbilt

18. Notre Dame

19. Connecticut

20. Baylor

21. Purdue

22. Butler

23. LSU

24. Michigan

25. Oregon

Dropped out: Wisconsin

New arrivals: Oregon

Next five: SMU, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Louisville

Nigel Hayes and Wisconsin likely won't be ranked anytime soon after falling to Western Illinois. (USATSI)
Nigel Hayes and Wisconsin likely won’t be ranked anytime soon after falling to Western Illinois. (USATSI)


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