Oklahoma Stays No. 1 College Basketball Rankings: Week 13 Feb. 1

NORMAN, Oklahoma, Sporting Alert — As expected, Oklahoma remains the No. 1 team in the AP College Basketball Top 25 rankings for Week 13.

This week Oklahoma picked up 45 of 65 total first place votes for 1,605 points.

The Sooners (18-2) picked up a pair of victories last week, including a thrilling 77-75 win at LSU on Saturday, with star guard Buddy Hield scoring 32 points and made eight 3-pointers, as he shot 53.3 percent from behind the arc.

North Carolina stayed No. 2 this week after easily putting away Boston College, 89-62 in its lone game last week with Brice Johnson collecting his 12th double-double of the term with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Tar Heels (19-2, 8-0) have now won 12 straight games and remain undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

North Carolina, which collected the remaining 20 first place votes for the media panel and 1,578 points this week, will face Louisville (17-4, 6-2 ACC) in one of the highlighted fixtures on Big Monday.

Climbing three places this week to No. 3 is Villanova (18-3) after the Wildcats picked up a 68-53 victory over St. John’s on Sunday.

Maryland is up four spots this week to No. 4 and they are playing like a Final Four team.

The Terrapins (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) took down last week’s No. 3 ranked Iowa 74-68 last Thursday night and then held off Ohio State 66-61 on Sunday to stay in the battle for the Big Ten regular season crown.

Meanwhile, Iowa (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten) dropped two places to No. 5 this week after losing to Maryland in their top 10 showdown last week — which ended the Hawkeyes’ nine-game winning streak, as they lost for the first time in conference play this year.

After beating Providence, 75-68 at home and DePaul, 86-65 on the road, Xavier (19-2) was rewarded with a one place move as they moved to No. 6 in this week’s top 25 rankings.

In the meantime, despite ending the weekend with an impressive win over Kentucky, Kansas fell three places to No. 7.

The Jayhawks (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) split their two fixtures last week — losing to a very good Iowa State team 85-72 on the road before returning home for a non-conference game which ended in them beating Kentucky 90-84 in overtime, thanks a bunch to Wayne Selden Jr. who top scored with 33 points.

Texas A&M (18-3), Virginia (17-4) and Michigan State (19-4) completed the top 10.

As expected, Duke, which fell to Miami (FL) 80-69 and Notre Dame, which split its two games last week, have both been dropped from the AP top 25 rankings this week.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Oklahoma (45) 18-2 1,605
2 North Carolina (20) 19-2 1,578
3 Villanova 18-3 1,384
4 Maryland 19-3 1,366
5 Iowa 17-4 1,362
6 Xavier 19-2 1,344
7 Kansas 17-4 1,233
8 Texas A&M 18-3 1,169
9 Virginia 17-4 1,086
10 Michigan State 19-4 1,018
11 Providence 18-4 900
12 SMU 19-1 853
13 Iowa State 16-5 851
14 West Virginia 17-4 814
15 Baylor 17-4 728
16 Oregon 18-4 551
17 Miami (FL) 16-4 537
18 Purdue 19-4 511
19 Louisville 17-4 478
20 Kentucky 16-5 429
21 Wichita St 16-5 323
22 Indiana 18-4 270
23 Arizona 17-5 245
24 Dayton 18-3 168
25 South Carolina 19-2 87

Dropped from rankings: Duke 24, Notre Dame 25

Others receiving votes: Saint Mary’s 63, USC 40, Utah 33, VCU 33, Notre Dame 21, Michigan 21, Valparaiso 7, Duke 6, Pittsburgh 4, Florida 3, Saint Joseph’s 1, Texas 1, Stony Brook 1, San Diego State 1

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