The NCAA basketball teams in the AP Top 25 poll may all be immensely talented, but they’re definitely not all heading in the same direction. Some programs have crashed from single digits to the bottom of the rankings, while others have shot up from the unranked masses.
One of the latter success stories is Illinois, currently tied for the nation’s best record at 9-0. The No. 13 Fighting Illini have climbed the ladder steadily, but they're in imminent danger of falling back to earth thanks to this week’s meeting with No. 10 Gonzaga.
Herein, a look at every team in this week’s AP Top 25, with an eye to whether its prospects are looking up or whether it’s time to get off the bandwagon while you still can.