The undefeated triumvirate at the top of the college basketball rankings got moved around this week, despite all three teams remaining undefeated through the first nine weeks.
Duke, Michigan and Arizona have held serve on the court all season, posting a combined record of 43-0. The Blue Devils have been atop the AP Top 25 Rankings since mid-December thanks to their impressive 14-0 start. They started ACC play on Saturday with a dominant win over Wake Forest.
Michigan has one more Big Ten tuneup to take care of against Nebraska before its showdown with an Ohio State team that will be looking for redemption after a humiliating loss against Illinois on Saturday.
Arizona got bumped from the No. 3 spot to the No. 4 in favor of Louisville. The Cardinals' lone win last week was over Providence, while the Wildcats had to squeak out two wins over Colorado and Utah.
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Moving back to the Big Ten, the Illini are building a solid resume to start the season. They have victories over Ohio State and Gonzaga, both of whom were ranked in the Top 15 at the time of the game. The Buckeyes suffered a steep drop, all the way down to No. 15, following their third loss of the season.
It is hard to gripe with the way Ohio State has played this season, though. Its three losses have come against No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Kansas and No. 12 Illinois.
Gonzaga has actually moved up in the four weeks since losing to Illinois, sitting inside the Top 10 for the first time this season. Mark Few's squad appears to be getting stronger the more they play together.
We know the Bulldogs are always dangerous come tournament time, so it will be interesting to see how they fare down the stretch in West Coast Conference play.
Moving to the bottom of the rankings, Pittsburgh drops from the Top 25 after a brutal week in which it lost two Big East games to Cincinnati and Rutgers. That's not the kind of start you want, especially heading into a game with a Georgetown team looking for vengeance after a one-point loss against Marquette.
Here are the AP Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Jan. 7-13.
|AP TOP 25 RANKINGS|
|15. Ohio State|
|16. San Diego State|
|17. Notre Dame|
|18. Kansas State|
|20. North Carolina State|
|22. Michigan State|
|23. Wichita State|
|25. New Mexico|