College Basketball: Winners & Losers from the AP Top 25 Rankings in Week 13
College basketball 2012-13 is crankin,' and what a week it was!
Ranked teams were upset. Unexpected collapses in unexpected locations. Winning streaks extended.
All this and more happened in a special seven days of college hoops action.
Here's a lightning-fast look at the winners and losers from the AP Top 25 rankings in Week 13.
Lots of big-time movement up and down the poll.
Buckle your seat belts, college hoops fans...We're just getting started!
Stats and team info provided by ESPN.com
Big Winner: Wichita State
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From No. 20 (AP) to No. 15
One of the best under-the-radar teams in the country is Wichita State.
The Shockers (19-2; 8-1 MVC) have rebuilt on the fly and are knocking off one Missouri Valley opponent after another.
They've already beaten Creighton once, and now they are ready to take on a pesky Indiana State squad this week.
If WSU doesn't watch it, they might lose head coach Gregg Marshall after another outstanding season.
Big Loser: New Mexico
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From No. 15 (AP) to No. 20
Steve Alford (pictured) has the Lobos off to a sizzling start (17-3; 4-1 MWC).
Until UNM got buried by San Diego State over the weekend, they were one of the hottest teams out West.
Its rough when one one loss to a legit team knocks you down five places in the poll...such is the plight of a non-power conference program.
Big Winner: Ole Miss
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From No. 23 (AP) to No. 16
Of course either Kentucky or Florida is winning the SEC, right?
Nope, sorry! The Ole Miss Rebels (17-2; 6-0 SEC) are sitting on top of the heap after winning nine straight games.
This week is as big as it gets for Andy Kennedy's crew.
They host UK at home, then travel to Gainesville to take on the Gators.
If they win both of these contests, Mississippi will have a headlock on the Southeastern Conference lead.
Big Loser: Creighton
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From No. 17 (AP) to No. 21
Creighton (18-3; 7-2) doesn't lose too many games in any season.
The Blue Jays rarely go down in defeat in back to back games, but that's exactly what happened in the last week-and-a-half.
Losing to Wichita State is not a matter of life and death. But Drake?
Doug McDermott (pictured) and his buds had already blistered the Bulldogs by 30 this season.
Talk about not taking an MWC opponent lightly...
Big Winner: Oregon
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No. 16 (AP) to No. 10
Dana Altman has the Ducks soaring through their Pac 12 schedule (18-2; 7-0 Pac 12).
After going into Pauley Pavillion and beating the UCLA Bruins, Oregon knocked off Washington State and Washington the following weekend.
Oregon has now won nine straight games, a win streak that dates back to a pre-Christmas 3 OT road loss to UTEP.
Because of the split schedule of the Pac 12, the Ducks will not see either Arizona or UCLA again until the conference tournament in Las Vegas.
Big Loser: Kansas State
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From No. 11 (AP) to No. 18
Bruce Weber's arrival in the Little Apple brought hopes of a jump up into the top tier of the Big 12.
K-State started the 2012-13 season with winning 15 of their first 17 games and their first four conference contests.
But, this last week was a rough one for the Wildcats.
A loss at home to KU and then coming up short at Iowa State means that the Cats need to shake themselves before the falloff goes any further.
A home game against Texas and a road game against OU might just be what Weber's team needs.
Big Winner: San Diego State
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From No. 31 (AP) to No. 22
San Diego State (16-4; 4-2 MWC)had lost two straight games (UNLV and Wyoming) and a ton people were beginning to wonder if the Aztecs were for real.
One week later, and with two convincing wins (@ Nevada and at home against New Mexico) under their belt, SDSU has silenced most of the questioning.
Steve Fisher's squad is one of the best in the West, and if do-everything wing Jamaal Franklin (pictured) keeps up his amazing ways, the Aztecs could end up as a Top 10 team by seasons' end.
Big Loser: Louisville
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From No. 5 (AP) to 12
When was the last time that Louisville put up three "L's" in a row?
Not sure, but after Syracuse took down the Cardinals a week ago Saturday, you would think that Rick Pitino would have his team ready to tear up his next opponents.
Oops! Two road games against Villanova and Georgetown later, and Louisville is now in the middle of the Big East pack, starting the week tied with four other teams at 4-3 in conference play.
Winner of Winners: Miami
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From No. 25 (AP) to No. 14
Miami basketball had a monster Week 12.
Did anybody outside of Coral Gables think it was possible that the Hurricanes would close out the month of January at the top of the ACC?
I didn't think so.
Biggest Loser: Minnesota
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From No. 12 (AP) to No. 23
Less than three weeks ago, the Golden Gophers were 15-1 (3-0 Big Ten) and ranked No. 8.
Now, four loses later, Minnesota is in seventh place and scrabbling to stop their yearly mid-season free-fall.
If Tubby's team doesn't get things straightened out against Nebraska and Iowa at home this week, then they can kiss March Madness goodbye...again.
And Smith's seat may start getting awfully hot in the Minnesota winter.