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College Basketball AP Poll: Week 2

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UNC rose one spot in the top 10, but all eyes are on that team from Durham

NCAA Basketball: Army at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Rarely in the college basketball season is there an occasion where the #1 team in the country gets a win over another top 10 team and still drops out of the top spot. But after Duke’s demolition of Kentucky in the Champions Classic, there really is no question right now about who #1 is. Brace yourselves, Tar Heel Nation: Duke and ESPN’s ongoing love affair is going to reach felony levels of PDA this season.

AP Top 25

  1. Duke
  2. Kansas
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Virginia
  5. Tennessee
  6. Nevada
  7. UNC
  8. Villanova
  9. Auburn
  10. Kentucky
  11. Michigan State
  12. Kansas State
  13. Oregon
  14. Florida State
  15. Syracuse
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Michigan
  19. Clemson
  20. UCLA
  21. TCU
  22. LSU
  23. Purdue
  24. Marquette
  25. Buffalo

Where is UNC?

May I just say what a delight it is to post a Top 25 list that includes the Tar Heels? Roy’s Boys occupy the #7 spot, rising up from 8th courtesy of two road wins and Kentucky’s plummet down the board. Carolina plays its first two home games this week against Stanford and Tennessee Tech.

Biggest Winners

Not since the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats smashed Kansas in the Champions Classic has a team made a louder statement this early in the season. The Blue Devils were originally thought to be one of three or four top contenders for the National Championship. Now (though it’s only Week 2) it looks like it’s them and everyone else. Gag me. Besides Duke, Auburn had a terrific week, beating #25 Washington by 22 points and watching the Wildcats (their chief contender for the SEC along with Tennessee) get eviscerated on national television.

Biggest Losers

The aforementioned Wildcats endured the worst loss of the John Calipari era last week. What was expected to be an evenly-contested affair turned into a public execution very quickly. As such, the Cats fell from #2 to #10. Besides Washington, who suffered a bad loss to Auburn, West Virginia suffered a 99-94 defeat to newly-ranked Buffalo, dropping them from #13 all the way out of the rankings.

On the Bubble

West Virginia was the leading vote getter outside the Top 25, followed closely by Archie Miller’s Indiana Hoosiers.

Conference Breakdown

ACC: 7

Big East: 2

Big 10: 3

Big 12: 3

MAC: 1

Mountain West: 1

Pac 12: 2

SEC: 5

West Coast: 1

Top 25 Games This Week:

#8 Villanova vs. #18 Michigan on November 14th at 6:30 pm