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AP College Basketball Poll 2012: Complete Week 5 Standings Released

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 01:  Remy Abell #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates during the game against the Coppin State Eagle at Assembly Hall on December 1, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

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
 1. Indiana
 2. Duke
 3. Michigan
 4. Syracuse
 5. Louisville
 6. Florida
 7. Ohio State
 8. Arizona
 9. Kansas
 10. Gonzaga
 11. Cincinnati
 12. Missouri
 13. Illinois
 14. Minnesota
 15. Georgetown
 16. Creighton
 17. San Diego State
 18. New Mexico
 19. Michigan State
 20. North Carolina
 21. UNLV
 22. Notre Dame
 23. Oklahoma State
 24. Wichita State
 25. North Carolina State

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