When conference play gets started, college basketball's elite show us what they're really made of. There are no more blowout wins over schools with compound-directional names (no offense, Southeast Missouri State) to pad the record. No more glorified exhibitions against things called St. Katherine or Tusculum.
The Associated Press Top 25 schools are about to be judged by a group of their peers. Some of those peers will roll over and suffer blowout defeats just like any of those early-season cupcakes. Others will give even elite programs fits, especially in loaded leagues like the Big Ten and Pac-12.
The following matchups will—or in some cases, already have been—prove to be important tests for each of this week's Top 25.
UPDATE: Each slide title includes the dates of the teams' remaining encounters this season. If there is no date, the teams have already played their only game this season.
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Statistics and rankings accurate through games of January 8.