New AP Top 25: Maryland, Virginia move into top five

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The latest AP poll has a lot of shifting within the rankings, but little turnover from last week in terms of new teams to the fold. Only Utah and South Carolina join this week, while UConn and UCLA fall out. Utah’s win over Duke on Saturday catapulted the Utes from 36th in votes last week to No. 24 this week.

South Carolina? It’s yet to lose a game. Frank Martin’s program earned a road win against Clemson on Friday night to push it into the polls for the first time under Martin’s regime.

Elsewhere: Kentucky and Duke take big tumbles after their losses, while Maryland, Virginia, Xavier and Butler were the biggest risers this week.

Monmouth, however, is still not ranked. This despite the logical and sensical case I made for the Hawks on Sunday. It looks like MU will need some big-conference programs to fall even more, plus earn a road win at Cornell this week, to have a chance come Dec. 28.

The full poll:

1. Michigan State (12-0)

2. Kansas (9-1)

3. Oklahoma (8-0)

4. Maryland (10-1)

5. Virginia (9-1)

6. Xavier (11-0)

7. North Carolina (9-2)

8. Arizona (11-1)

9. Butler (9-1)

10. Providence (11-1)

11. Iowa State (9-1)

12. Kentucky (9-2)

13. Miami (9-1)

14. Purdue (11-1)

15. Duke (9-2)

16. Louisville (9-1)

17. Villanova (8-2)

18. SMU (9-0)

19. West Virginia (9-1)

20. George Washington (10-1)

21. Texas A&M (9-2)

22. Cincinnati (10-2)

23. Baylor (8-2)

24. Utah (9-2)

25. South Carolina (10-0)

New arrivals: Utah, South Carolina

Dropped out: UCLA, UConn

Did you notice? Ed Cooley’s Friars have climbed up the polls almost every week. (USATSI)


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