Congratulations, Kansas, you’re the new No. 1. After the previous No. 1 Louisville Cardinals lost to Texas Tech, the Jayhawks became the fifth team this season to occupy the top spot. For those wondering, that’s a new record:
What’s different now is each new No. 1 is claiming the spot for the first time this season.— John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) December 11, 2019
Assuming KU or Ohio State is next, for example, this will be the first season “ever” (AP poll era) where five different teams have been No. 1 before January — per @ESPNStatsInfo.
Gonzaga jumped up to No. 2, Louisville slipped to No. 3, and Duke climbed three spots to No. 4 despite not playing a game. Ohio State, which had a lock on becoming No. 1 before they fell to Minnesota on the road, rounds out the top five.
The 8-1 (2-0 ACC) Cavaliers stayed put at No. 9 after having no games during the 10-day exam break. Virginia will play Stony Brook on Wednesday before hosting South Carolina (fresh off an upset of Clemson) on Sunday.
It was a tough week for the Tar Heels, continuing their losing streak with a loss to Wofford. As a result, North Carolina fell out of the rankings for the first time since 2014.
Washington, Penn State, Texas Tech, and West Virginia all joined the rankings at Nos. 22-25, respectively. With the Nittany Lions joining the party, the Big Ten led all conferences with five teams ranked this week.
Here is the full poll:
AP Poll - Week 7
|5||Ohio State||Big Ten||3|
|15||Michigan State||Big Ten||16|
|20||San Diego State||Mountain West||25|
|23||Penn State||Big Ten||NR|
|24||Texas Tech||Big 12||NR|
|25||West Virginia||Big 12||NR|