Kentucky No. 1 again; 5 newcomers to Top 25


- WVU now ranked No. 20

The Associated Press

Thanksgiving Week usually shakes up the Top 25 and this year was no different.

There are five newcomers to the poll and since there was a tie for 25th last week, six teams dropped out.

All the new teams were ranked as late as last season, and two of those that fell had long streaks of being in the Top 25.

Syracuse was the highest of the newcomers at 14th. The Orange, who beat ranked teams Connecticut and Texas A&M in winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, is the 14th team to enter the poll at that position or higher since the poll expanded to 25 in 1989-90.

The jump-in wasn’t even a record for Syracuse. In December 2009, the Orange went from unranked to No. 10 and went on to reach No. 1 for week before finishing fourth in the final poll.

The record for a jump-in is Kansas in November 1989. The Jayhawks moved in at No. 5 after wins over No. 1 UNLV, No. 2 LSU and No. 25 St. John’s in the Preseason NIT.

The other newcomers this week are: No. 20 West Virginia, No. 23 Providence, No. 24 Louisville and No. 25 Baylor. Baylor returned to the rankings after being out for one week.

Providence moved in after a loss. The Friars beat Arizona in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy before losing to Michigan State in the championship game.

Kentucky, Maryland and Michigan State held the top three spots in The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll, but there were plenty of changes at the bottom of the Top 25.

The Wildcats (6-0) received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday to stay No. 1 for a second straight week. Maryland (6-0) remained second with four first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State (7-0) had the other two No. 1 votes.

Kansas and Iowa State switched places at fourth and fifth. They were followed by Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova, North Carolina and Virginia.

No. 14 Syracuse was the highest newcomer, with West Virginia at 20th and Providence, Louisville and Baylor filling the last three spots.

Indiana, California, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Wichita State and LSU fell from the rankings.

The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Team Record Pts. Prev.

1. Kentucky (59) 6-0 1,619 1

2. Maryland (4) 6-0 1,512 2

3. Michigan St. (2) 7-0 1,510 3

4. Kansas 4-1 1,342 5

5. Iowa St. 5-0 1,338 4

6. Oklahoma 4-0 1,269 7

7. Duke 6-1 1,253 6

8. Villanova 6-0 1,218 8

9. North Carolina 5-1 1,155 9

10. Virginia 5-1 965 12

11. Purdue 6-0 904 16

12. Xavier 7-0 801 23

13. Gonzaga 4-1 788 10

14. Syracuse 6-0 696 —

15. Oregon 5-0 628 21

16. Vanderbilt 5-1 587 19

17. Cincinnati 7-0 551 24

18. Texas A&M 6-1 522 25

19. Arizona 6-1 504 11

20. West Virginia 6-0 363 —

21. Miami 5-1 289 15

22. SMU 4-0 256 25

23. Providence 6-1 247 —

24. Louisville 5-0 173 —

25. Baylor 4-1 162 —

Others receiving votes: UConn 153, Utah 72, Butler 62, George Washington 45, Indiana 26, N. Iowa 25, Notre Dame 22, California 19, Pittsburgh 11, Dayton 8, San Diego St. 5, South Carolina 5, Georgetown 4, UTEP 3, Iowa 2, LSU 2, Northwestern 2, UALR 2, Colorado St. 1, Davidson 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Monmouth (NJ) 1, Northeastern

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 29, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Team Record Pts. Pvs.

1. Kentucky (29) 6-0 797 1

2. Maryland (3) 6-0 759 2

3. Michigan State 7-0 720 4

4. Iowa State 5-0 652 5

5. Duke 6-1 642 3

6. Kansas 4-1 615 7

7. Villanova 6-0 613 9

8. Oklahoma 4-0 607 6

9. North Carolina 5-1 549 8

10. Virginia 5-1 495 12

11. Purdue 6-0 456 15

12. Gonzaga 4-1 376 11

13. Vanderbilt 5-1 343 16

14. Arizona 6-1 320 10

15. West Virginia 6-0 299 22

16. Oregon 5-0 291 23

17. Cincinnati 7-0 282 24

18. Xavier 7-0 280 —

19. Syracuse 6-0 221 —

20. Texas A&M 6-1 175 —

21. Miami 5-1 145 19

22. Louisville 5-0 141 —

23. Baylor 4-1 113 25

24. Providence 6-1 110 —

25. Butler 4-1 65 —

Others receiving votes: Utah 62, UConn 53, California 43, Indiana 35, LSU 29, Notre Dame 25, George Washington 17, Dayton 11, Davidson 10, Saint Mary’s 10, UNLV 9, Pittsburgh 8, Iowa 5, Monmouth 5, South Carolina 4, Northern Iowa 3, Florida 2, Wichita State 2, UTEP 1.

http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_WVU-logo.jpg

http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Kentuckylogo21.jpg
– WVU now ranked No. 20
comments powered by Disqus