AP College Basketball Poll 2018: Complete Week 10 Rankings Released

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2018

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, left, and Nick Ward (44) talk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cleveland State, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 111-61. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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Not even the previously top-ranked Michigan State Spartans were safe from a week of upsets, falling to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday and highlighting a number of changes in the Associated Press Top 25.

As a result, the Villanova Wildcats ascended to the top spot after winning their only game of the week against the Marquette Golden Eagles.  

Here is a look at the poll's latest iteration as March Madness draws nearer, per the AP's official website:

                  

1. Villanova 1,611 points 

2. West Virginia 1,559 points

3. Virginia 1,438 points

4. Michigan State 1,390 points

5. Wichita State 1,225 points

5. Purdue 1,225 points 

7. Duke 1,222 points

8. Texas Tech 1,174 points

9. Oklahoma 1,152 points

10. Xavier 1,050 points

11. Arizona State 1,036 points

12. Kansas 888 points

13. Seton Hall 759 points

14. Cincinnati 739 points

15. Gonzaga 676 points

16. TCU 621 points

17. Arizona 537 points

18. Miami 502 points

19. Clemson 465 points

20. North Carolina 423 points

21. Kentucky 314 points

22. Auburn 243 points

23. Florida State 202 points

24. Tennessee 198 points

25. Creighton 160 points

              

The fallout from Saturday alone was enough to shake up the poll.

North Carolina State beat No. 2 Duke, Providence beat No. 5 Xavier, No. 6 West Virginia beat No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Virginia beat No. 12 North Carolina, No. 10 Kansas beat No. 16 TCU, LSU beat No. 11 Texas A&M, Colorado beat No. 14 Arizona, No. 23 Tennessee beat No. 17 Kentucky, and Auburn beat No. 22 Arkansas.

Nine ranked squads fell Saturday in what surely had fans thinking about upset specials during the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Seven of the 10 Top 25 teams that went on the road Saturday walked away with losses.

The upsets weren't limited to the weekend, as Colorado beat No. 4 Arizona State, Georgia Tech beat No. 15 Miami, No. 24 Florida State beat No. 12 North Carolina, Florida beat No. 11 Texas A&M, and No. 18 Texas Tech beat No. 10 Kansas throughout the week.

Plenty of top teams will be tested in the upcoming week, which should shake up the rankings yet again.

The Big 12 features games between Oklahoma and Texas Tech, Oklahoma and TCU, and Texas Tech and West Virginia, while Michigan State will have the opportunity to bounce back in the Big Ten against archrival Michigan.

Perhaps the game of the week comes Wednesday when Villanova puts its top ranking on the line against Xavier in a battle that figures to go a long way toward determining the regular-season conference champion in the Big East and impacting seeding come Selection Sunday.

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