March Madness is Two Months Early: The Desolation of the NCAA Basketball Top 25

by Chase Gage

Jan 8, 2018

 

JONESBORO, Ark — This may have been the craziest week in the history of college basketball. Of the 25 teams ranked in the AP Poll for Week 9, 15 lost, with two of them dropping multiple games.

The highlights (or lowlights, depending on your affiliation) were, of course, Ohio State’s upset of top-ranked Michigan State and NC State’s domination of No. 2 Duke. Pair that with Colorado knocking off No. 4 Arizona State and No. 14 Arizona, No. 11 Texas A&M dropping two games to unranked opponents, No. 17 Kentucky losing to Tennessee, No. 7 Oklahoma losing despite 29 points by their star, a No. 12 North Carolina loss and a home loss for No. 10 Kansas and you’ve got a story.

Four of the top five teams lost this week. Five of the top seven, in fact.

What a start to the new year.


*losses in BOLD

Top 25 Teams, Week 9

Team Opponent 1 Opponent 2 Record This Week
1.       Michigan State 91-61 vs Maryland (Home) 64-80 vs Ohio State (Away) 1-1
2.       Duke N/A 85-96 vs NC State (Away) 0-1
3.       Villanova N/A 100-90 vs Marquette (Home) 1-0
4.       Arizona State 81-90 (OT) vs Colorado (Away) 80-77 vs Utah (Away) 1-1
5.       Xavier 86-79 vs Butler (Home) 72-81 vs Providence (Away) 1-1
6.       West Virginia 77-69 vs Kansas State (Away) 89-76 vs (7) Oklahoma (Home) 2-0
7.       Oklahoma 109-89 vs Ok State (Home) 76-89 vs (6) West Virginia (Away) 1-1
8.       Virginia 78-52 vs VT (Away) 61-49 vs (12) NC (Home) 2-0
9.       Wichita State 81-63 vs Houston (Home) 95-57 vs USF (Home) 2-0
10.   Kansas 73-85 vs (18) Texas Tech (Home) 88-84 vs (16) TCU (Away) 1-1
11.   Texas A&M 66-83 vs Florida (Home) 68-69 vs LSU (Home) 0-2
12.   North Carolina 80-81 vs (24) FSU (Away) 49-61 vs (8) Virginia (Away) 1-1
13.   Purdue 82-51 vs Rutgers (Home) 74-62 vs Nebraska (Home) 2-0
14.   Arizona 94-82 vs Utah (Away) 77-80 vs Colorado (Away) 1-1
15.   Miami 54-64 vs GT (Away) 80-74 vs (24) FSU (Home) 1-1
16.   TCU 81-78 (OT) vs Baylor (Away) 84-88 vs (10) Kansas (Home) 1-1
17.   Kentucky 74-71 vs LSU (Away) 65-76 vs (23) Tennessee (Away) 1-1
18.   Texas Tech 85-73 vs (10) Kansas (Away) 74-58 vs Kansas State (Home) 2-0
19.   Cincinnati 55-53 vs Temple (Away) 76-56 vs SMU (Home) 2-0
20.   (T19) Gonzaga 89-59 vs Pepperdine (Away) 85-66 vs Loyola Marymount (Away) 2-0
21.   Seton Hall N/A 90-87 vs Butler (Away) 1-0
22.   Arkansas 75-78 vs Miss State (Away) 77-88 vs Auburn (Away) 0-2
23.   Tennessee 84-94 vs Auburn (Home) 76-65 vs (17) Kentucky (Home) 1-1
24.   Florida State 81-80 vs (12) NC (Home) 74-80 vs (15) Miami (Away) 1-1
25.   Clemson 74-70 vs Boston College (Away) 74-69 (OT) vs Louisville (Home) 2-0

 

In short, here are the ranked teams that lost this week

  • 1. Michigan State
  • 2. Duke
  • 4. Arizona State
  • 5. Xavier
  • 7. Oklahoma
  • 10. Kansas
  • 11. Texas A&M (x2)
  • 12. North Carolina
  • 14. Arizona
  • 15. Miami
  • 16. TCU
  • 17. Kentucky
  • 22. Arkansas (x2)
  • 23. Tennessee
  • 24. Florida State

 

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