College Basketball AP Top 25 Rankings In Week 8: Jan. 4

LAWRENCE, Kan., Sporting Alert – Kansas has replaced Michigan State as the new No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings for Week 9, released on Monday.

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LAWRENCE, Kan., Sporting Alert – Kansas has replaced Michigan State as the new No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings for Week 9, released on Monday.

The Jayhawks (12-1) received 44 of the 65 first-place votes for 1,598 points to improved one place from No. 2.

The Big 12 outfits picked up a pair of wins against UC Irvine and then-No. 23 Baylor last week.

Sitting at No. 2 this week is Oklahoma (12-0) which collected the next 21 first-place votes in the rankings for this week.

The Sooners only had one win last week, but it was against then-No. 11 Iowa State.

On Monday night, Oklahoma will travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas in what is expected to be the top college basketball matchup for the year to date.

Maryland moved one place up to No. 3 this week in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings.

The Terrapins (13-1) scored wins over Penn State and Northwestern last week to continue their impressive early season performances, while Virginia (12-1) moved up to No. 4.

Meanwhile, Michigan State, which is still without injured forward Denzel Valentine, slipped four places after falling at Iowa last week, despite holding out for a 69-61 win over Minnesota in their second game.

Valentine could return next week, according to reports, which would be healthy news for the Spartans, who haven’t looked the same since losing their anchorman who is averaging 18.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.1 assists and shooting 45.6 percent from the field.

Completing the top 10 this week are North Carolina, at No. 6, Arizona, at No. 7, with Providence, Kentucky and Xavier also on the list.

Villanova is up five places to No. 11, with Miami (FL), Iowa State, Duke and SMU rounding out the top five this week.

Meanwhile, Utah (21), Cincinnati (22), Baylor (23) and UCLA (25) all fell out of the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings in Week 9, with Dayton, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Iowa the new-comers for this week.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (44) 12-1 1,598
2 Oklahoma (21) 12-0 1,574
3 Maryland 13-1 1,459
4 Virginia 12-1 1,409
5 Michigan State 14-1 1,400
6 North Carolina 13-2 1,275
7 Arizona 13-1 1,126
8 Providence 14-1 1,108
9 Kentucky 11-2 1,039
10 Xavier 13-1 1,001
11 Villanova 12-2 979
12 Miami (FL) 12-1 921
13 Iowa State 11-2 844
14 Duke 12-2 830
15 SMU 13-0 731
16 Louisville 12-2 568
17 West Virginia 12-1 558
18 Butler 11-3 516
19 Iowa 11-3 456
20 Purdue 13-2 450
21 Texas A&M 11-2 420
22 South Carolina 13-0 286
23 Connecticut 10-3 107
24 Pittsburgh 12-1 103
25 Dayton 11-2 100

Dropped from rankings: Utah 21, Cincinnati 22, Baylor 23, UCLA 25

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 61, California 54, Texas Tech 40, George Washington 38, Saint Mary’s 23, Baylor 22, Oregon State 4, Colorado 4, Seton Hall 4, Saint Joseph’s 3, Wichita St 3, Utah 3, Cincinnati 2, Indiana 2, Michigan 2, Akron 1, Oregon 1

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