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AP top 25: Mid-Majors join the party

Tech falls out of the top 10.

NCAA Basketball: St. Mary's at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

This season the power conferences have been able to have a stranglehold on the rest of the country, yet this week we got a season high five mid-major entries into the AP top 25 poll. Wichita State and Gonzaga have been staples in the poll all year long but the recent play of Saint Mary’s, Nevada, and Rhode Island, have given the smaller conferences something to be proud of.

Historic programs also rose back up to the top as Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Arizona all moved up in the rankings thanks to a combined record of 9-0. We’ll see if this trend continues or if the vaunted top three keep their place.

After two tough road losses to unranked team, Texas Tech fell out of the top ten for the first time in three weeks. While the losses were bad, Tech did not have the greatest fall this week, nor did they drop out of the top 15. It seems as though the voters still have faith in the Red Raiders.

  1. Villanova, 18-1 (-)
  2. Virginia, 18-1 (-)
  3. Purdue, 19-2 (-)
  4. Duke, 17-2 (+1)
  5. Kansas, 16-3 (+5)
  6. Michigan State, 17-3 (+3)
  7. West Virginia, 16-3 (-1)
  8. Xavier, 18-3 (+3)
  9. Cincinnati, 17-2 (+3)
  10. North Carolina, 16-4 (+5)
  11. Arizona, 16-4 (+3)
  12. Oklahoma, 14-4 (-8)
  13. Ohio State, 17-4 (+9)
  14. Texas Tech, 15-4 (-6)
  15. Gonzaga, 17-4 (-2)
  16. Saint Mary’s, 19-2 (NR)
  17. Wichita State, 15-4 (-10)
  18. Clemson, 16-3 (+2)
  19. Auburn, 17-2 (-2)
  20. Florida, 14-5 (NR)
  21. Arizona State, 15-4 (-5)
  22. Tennessee, 13-5 (-1)
  23. Nevada, 18-3 (NR)
  24. Rhode Island, 15-3 (NR)
  25. Michigan, 17-5 (-2)