The more things change, the more they stay the same so far in college basketball this season. The top three teams from last week—Indiana, Duke and Michigan—remain in the same spots in the Associated Press Top 25 this week.
There is a slight change after that, as Ohio State dropped after losing to Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
The Buckeyes' loss is Syracuse's gain, as the undefeated Orange climbed up two spots to No. 4. All in all there are seven undefeated teams remaining in the Top 10 right now, with Florida, Arizona and Gonzaga rounding out the final spots at the top among unbeaten teams.
The news is not all good for a few teams that have spent a lot of time in the rankings in the past few years, particularly the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats. We have gotten so accustomed to seeing John Calipari reload during the offseason that it is unusual to see his team unranked and struggling.
With so much roster turnover every season, the Wildcats have to rely on freshmen and young players more than anyone else, so there are going to be some seasons in which they start 4-3.
While Kentucky fans are likely in a panic mode, things could be worse for them. Their favorite team could be Georgetown, which is still ranked but played a game against Tennessee last week that set all of basketball back 60 years.
Here is a complete look (via ESPN.com) at the Associated Press Top 25 standings for the week of Dec. 3-9.
|WEEK 5 AP TOP 25 STANDINGS|
|7. Ohio State|
|17. San Diego State|
|18. New Mexico|
|19. Michigan State|
|20. North Carolina|
|22. Notre Dame|
|23. Oklahoma State|
|24. Wichita State|
|25. North Carolina State|