AP College Basketball Poll 2013: Complete Week 3 Rankings Released

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 18, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Matt Costello #10 of the Michigan State Spartans and Dakari Johnson #44 of the Kentucky Wildcats battle for the ball during the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center on November 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Kentucky 78-74. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2013-14 college basketball season is in full swing, and the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll shows the amount of chaos that happened early on.

A number of intriguing matchups took place over the first full week of the hoops campaign, many of which drastically altered the results of the rankings.    

Every team in the latest AP Top 25 rankings has played at least two games and given us some idea of where it stands, so take a look at where the voters decided to rank each squad and sound off with your opinion in the comments. 

Week 3 AP Top 25 Poll
RankTeamRecordVotesPrevious
1Michigan State (51)3-016082
2Kansas (7)2-015235
3Louisville (7)3-015113
4Kentucky3-114101
5Arizona (5)3-013396
6Duke2-113204
7Oklahoma State3-011988
8Ohio State3-0117210
9Syracuse3-011359
10VCU3-092814
11Memphis1-087113
12Wisconsin3-076320
13Gonzaga3-071015
14Michigan2-17057
14Wichita State4-070516
16Florida2-161911
17Oregon2-061318
18Connecticut4-060019
19New Mexico2-035322
20Baylor3-034223
21Iowa State3-0296
22UCLA2-029124
23Creighton3-024626
24North Carolina2-121312
25Marquette2-114417
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Michigan State is the new No. 1 after downing now-No.4 Kentucky in the Champions Classic last Tuesday. The Spartans proved that they are going to be a force in 2013, as returning star Gary Harris, head coach Tom Izzo and the rest of MSU’s squad is going to be tough to top.   

As consistentl as Izzo's squads have been, Michigan State's official Twitter account pointed out how rare it is for the Spartans to be at the top of the poll:

UK’s loss showed the world that the school is not invincible and that this young team is a long way from competing for a national title at the end of this season. The talent is certainly there, but the Wildcats have to put some more work in and become more disciplined to close out top-tier opponents.      

No. 2 Kansas also made a move up the rankings, defeating No. 6 Duke in the second leg of the Champions Classic doubleheader. The Jayhawks rallied behind freshman star Andrew Wiggins’ 22 points and eight rebounds, besting first-year star Jabari Parker and his Blue Devils.

Other notable results this week include No. 12 Wisconsin’s upset victory over No. 16 Florida. The Badgers fought past a rough start to shoot their way to a win over the Gators. No. 10 VCU also managed to navigate past Virginia, helping the Rams move up and knocking the Cavaliers from the Top 25.

No. 8 Ohio State took down No. 25 Marquette with smothering defense, as the Buckeyes took down the Golden Eagles 52-35.

The most surprising results of Week 2 are No. 14 Michigan’s seven-point loss to No. 21 Iowa State, Belmont’s 83-80 win over No. 24 North Carolina and Indiana State’s stunning 83-70 victory over Notre Dame.

These upsets clearly had an impact on the latest rankings, sending some of the top teams spiraling down. Fortunately, there are plenty of weeks left until March Madness, so there is more than enough time to turn things around.

Tune in this week to see if some of these programs can do exactly that and get back to respectability in next week’s edition of the AP Top 25 rankings.