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.
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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:
MSU has been ranked in Top 10 in 15 of Izzo's 19 seasons, and in the Top 5 in 11 seasons, but this is just the 2nd time at No. 1 under Izzo.— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) November 18, 2013
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.
Which team will finish the year ranked No. 1?
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.