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AP College Basketball Poll 2016: Complete Week 4 Rankings Released

FORT WAYNE, IN - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers is seen during the game against the Fort Wayne Mastodons at Memorial Coliseum on November 22, 2016 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2016

On the season's opening night, Indiana launched its way into the national conversation with a win over Kansas. A couple of weeks later, the Hoosiers lead the pack of teams that are heading backward in the latest Associated Press poll.

Indiana dropped from No. 3 to No. 13 in this week's rankings after its baffling 71-68 loss to Fort Wayne on Nov. 22. 

Kentucky remains the nation's cream of the crop after moving to 6-0 and is followed closely by defending champion Villanova. North Carolina replaces Indiana at No. 3, while Kansas and Duke round out the Top Five. 

Here is a look at how the entire poll played out:

RankingTeam
1Kentucky
2Villanova
3North Carolina
4Kansas
5Duke
6Virginia
7Xavier
8Gonzaga
9Baylor
10Creighton
11UCLA
12Saint Mary's (Calif.)
13Indiana
14Louisville
15Purdue
16Arizona
17Wisconsin
18Butler
19Iowa State
20South Carolina
21Rhode Island
22Syracuse
23Oregon
24Florida
25West Virginia
AP.org

Fort Wayne's upset over Indiana was the program's first win versus a Top 25 opponent. The Hoosiers were held to 40.3 percent shooting, saw star forward OG Anunoby play just 13 minutes (and go scoreless) due to an illness and scored just three points in overtime. 

Josh Newkirk and Devonte Green were the only two Indiana bench players to score. Fort Wayne got 18 points and 12 rebounds from Bryson Scott and another double-double from John Konchar (15 points, 11 rebounds) and won despite going small almost the entire game. Mastodons center Brent Calhoun was limited to 15 minutes to due foul trouble, but Fort Wayne managed to stay close on the boards and commit just eight turnovers.

“They just absolutely came out and put us back on our heels from the beginning,” IU coach Tom Crean told reporters. “I don’t think any of us ever felt we weren’t going to get back in it. Certainly I never felt that. And we were able to get back in it. But we weren’t able to close the door.”

The biggest upward mover this week is ninth-ranked Baylor, which continues to be one of the most pleasant early-season surprises. Scott Drew's Bears spent their Thanksgiving weekend taking home the Battle 4 Atlantis, defeating Michigan State and Louisville on consecutive days.

Baylor trailed Louisville by 15 points at the half and by as many as 22 points before launching a second-half comeback. King McClure (15 points) and Terry Maston (12 points) had huge games off the bench to atone for a struggling starting unit, and the Bears held Louisville to 39.1 percent shooting from the floor.

“A lot of teams when they get down like that they break apart, but we came together,” McClure told reporters. “We came back and started chipping away. As we saw the lead go down, we started believing in ourselves.

Add in wins against VCU and Oregon, and Baylor has perhaps the best resume of any team in college basketball at the moment.

Alongside Louisville and Indiana, Arizona joined the train of Top 10 teams losing after falling 69-65 to Butler in the Continental Las Vegas Invitational championship. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Kelan Martin's 16, and Butler held Arizona's offense in check during a seesaw battle. The teams were not separated by more than five points in the final eight minutes.

Butler, which also defeated Vanderbilt in Las Vegas, moved into the rankings at No. 18. 

Georgetown handed Oregon its second loss of the season before dropping two more games last week to continue its strange 3-4 start.

Syracuse, West Virginia, Texas, Florida State and Michigan also lost to unranked opponents. Temple was responsible for upsetting both Florida State and West Virginia, as the Owls have won three straight games since their 1-2 start.

South Carolina took down Michigan and Syracuse in back-to-back games and sits at 6-0. The Gamecocks enter the rankings at No. 20.

No. 24 Florida joins South Carolina and Butler as the newbies in the poll.

    

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