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AP Poll: Week of 12/28

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UNC are out of the men’s basketball top 25 after their loss to some team

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Kentucky Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

For this first time in a couple months, we have no football poll to recap on this Monday afternoon. Until the conclusion of bowl season and the College Football Playoff, we’ve got nothing to recap.

On the other hand, basketball season rolls on. Despite Christmas being last week, it was still a pretty busy week. Eight ranked teams, including our North Carolina Tar Heels, lost games on the men’s side of things. The women didn’t have as action-packed a schedule, but there was still a couple all top 25 matchups that went down.

Now that the dust has settled, let’s look at where things stand in the AP Top 25 polls.

Men’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (62 first place votes)
  2. Baylor Bears (2)
  3. Kansas Jayhawks
  4. Villanova Wildcats
  5. Houston Cougars
  6. Wisconsin Badgers
  7. Tennessee Volunteers
  8. Texas Longhorns
  9. West Virginia Mountaineers
  10. Iowa Hawkeyes
  11. Creighton Blue Jays
  12. Missouri Tigers
  13. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  15. Illinois Fighting Illini
  16. Michigan Wolverines
  17. Michigan State Spartans
  18. Florida State Seminoles
  19. Northwestern Wildcats
  20. Duke Blue Devils
  21. Oregon Ducks (tied with Minnesota)
  22. Minnesota Golden Gophers (tied with Oregon)
  23. Virginia Cavaliers
  24. Virginia Tech Hokies
  25. Ohio State Buckeyes

Where is UNC?

After the loss to a certain team, the Heels have dropped out of the top 25. They are the unofficial #28, having gotten 57 ranking points. That is 159 points behind #25 Ohio State, so, not shockingly, UNC wasn’t particularly close to getting ranked.

Biggest Winners

It was a big week for previously unranked Big Ten teams as both Northwestern and Minnesota got in easily after being outside the top 25 last week. Northwestern did so after picked up a second ranked win in less than a week, beating Ohio State on Saturday.

Biggest Losers

Virginia fell a week high seven spots after getting just completely owned by Gonzaga. The #1 Bulldogs put up 98 points and won by 23 against Virginia’s normally vaunted defense.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 4
  • American: 1
  • Big 12: 5
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 9
  • Pac-12: 1
  • SEC: 2
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #7 Tennessee at #12 Missouri - Wednesday at 9 PM ET on SEC Network
  • #8 Texas at #3 Kansas - Saturday at 12 PM ET on ESPN 2
  • #10 Iowa at #14 Rutgers - Saturday at 2 PM ET on ESPN 2

Women’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Stanford Cardinal (26 first place votes)
  2. Louisville Cardinals (1)
  3. NC State Wolfpack (2)
  4. UConn Huskies (1)
  5. South Carolina Gamecocks
  6. Arizona Wildcats
  7. Baylor Bears
  8. Oregon Ducks
  9. Texas A&M Aggies
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks
  11. UCLA Bruins
  12. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  13. Kentucky Wildcats
  14. Maryland Terrapins
  15. Northwestern Wildcats
  16. Michigan Wolverines
  17. Ohio State Buckeyes
  18. DePaul Blue Demons
  19. Texas Longhorns
  20. Indiana Hoosiers
  21. South Florida Bulls
  22. Syracuse Orange
  23. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  24. Missouri State Bears
  25. Michigan State Spartans

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels continue to get very close, but stay unranked. This week they’re the unofficial #27, 39 ranking points back of #25 Michigan State.

Biggest Winners

Not a ton of movement in any direction, but NC State notably moved up to #3.

Biggest Losers

No team dropped more than one spot. UCLA is probably the most notable, as their one spot fall knocked them out of the top ten.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 3
  • American: 1
  • Big 12: 2
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 6
  • Missouri Valley: 1
  • Pac-12: 4
  • SEC: 5
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #18 DePaul at #4 UConn - Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET
  • #10 Arkansas at #13 Kentucky- Thursday at 8:30 PM ET on SEC Network
  • #1 Stanford at #6 Arizona - Friday at TBD on Pac-12 Network