AP College Basketball Poll 2017: Complete Week 10 Rankings Released

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2017

WACO, TX - JANUARY 7: Manu Lecomte #20 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after the Bears made a 3-pointer against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on January 7, 2017 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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The defending champs finally lost, an upstart remained unblemished and Duke kept us entertained.

God bless college basketball. 

Below, we'll break down the Associated Press' Week 10 rankings and analyze some of the storylines from the past week.

 

Rankings

Week 10 Associated Press Poll
RankTeamRecordPoints
1Baylor (55)15-01,608
2Kansas (8)14-11,517
3Villanova (1)15-11,499
4UCLA (1)16-11,433
5Gonzaga15-01,366
6Kentucky13-21,327
7Duke14-21,173
8Creighton15-11,111
9Florida State15-11,071
10West Virginia13-2972
11North Carolina14-3902
12Butler14-2880
13Oregon15-2869
14Louisville13-3744
15Xavier13-2651
16Arizona15-2634
17Purdue14-3584
18Wisconsin13-3581
19Virginia12-3580
20Notre Dame14-2468
21Saint Mary's14-1377
22Cincinnati13-2256
23Florida12-3252
24Minnesota15-2167
25USC15-220
25Kansas State13-220
Source: Associated Press

 

Analysis

Villanova suffered its first loss of the season, falling 66-58 at Butler, but the AP voters didn't dock the Wildcats much for a road loss against a Top 25 opponent. 

Basketball writer Ken Pomeroy certainly wasn't down on them after the loss:

Villanova, after all, still boasts impressive wins over Purdue, Notre Dame and the aforementioned Creighton this season. And there's also the small matter of its large group of returning members from last year's national championship team, headlined by Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart.

One loss since last year's Big East tournament certainly isn't the end of the world on the Main Line.

Baylor and Gonzaga, meanwhile, just keep on winning, and they are the last two undefeated teams standing in the Top 25. Baylor's run has been impressive, with wins over Oregon, Michigan State, Louisville and Xavier, though a tough West Virginia squad represents a major challenge this week.

Still, Baylor deserves the top spot in the rankings. And it knows it, as head coach Scott Drew told John Werner of the Waco Tribune:

As I shared with the players, not many people get a chance to be ranked No. 1 and that’s a great honor. Baylor Nation deserves it because they helped us get here. We’re glad to make them proud and happy and it gave them something to be excited about. But big picture, we know no one is going to remember who is ranked No. 1 the first week of January.

Meanwhile, UCLA remains the most entertaining and prolific offense in college basketball, led by Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf. And Kansas, Kentucky and Duke—perhaps the three most talented rosters in the country, at least on paper—keep on winning.

Those three, along with UCLA, all have the talent to win a national championship.

Villanova's experience has it firmly in that conversation as well. Baylor's resume, to this point, makes the Bears serious contenders as conference play heats up. North Carolina has been a bit of an enigma to start the year, though a 107-56 thrashing of Dennis Smith Jr. and NC State on Sunday is a reminder of how dangerous the Tar Heels can be. Arizona's and Indiana's best basketball is in front of them.

More will be unveiled this week in that regard. Tuesday will feature huge matchups as Baylor faces West Virginia, Villanova takes on Xavier and Duke visits a dangerous Florida State team. Butler vs. Creighton highlights Wednesday's matchups, while Duke vs. Louisville, Florida State vs. North Carolina, Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech and Xavier vs. Butler cap off a wild Saturday.

In other words, it should be another great week in college basketball.

      

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