For the first time since 1961, there is no Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, or Kansas (or UCLA!) in the AP Poll. The Jayhawks, now 12-7 on the season, have lost five of their last seven games and fell out of the rankings this week as a result. It’s the first time in 231 weeks that Kansas is unranked, a streak that dates back to 2009.
Gonzaga and Baylor held on to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, but the Bears picked up five first-place votes from the Zags between last week’s poll and this one.
Virginia moved up five spots after wins over NC State and Pittsburgh, jumping into the top-10 yet again at No. 9. The Hoos have a brutal stretch coming up with road games at Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Duke, and a home game against UNC in the next four games. Virginia is still the top-ranked ACC team, with No. 17 Florida State and No. 18 Virginia Tech also ranked.
UCLA, Florida, Kansas, and Drake all fell out of the rankings, making room for USC, Loyola Chicago, Oklahoma State, and Rutgers. With Rutgers joining the party, the Big Ten takes the top spot with seven ranked teams, followed closely by the Big 12’s six.
Here is the full poll:
AP Poll - Week 12
|4||Ohio State||Big Ten||7|
|7||Texas Tech||Big 12||13|
|14||West Virginia||Big 12||17|
|22||Loyola Chicago||Missouri Valley||NR|
|23||Oklahoma State||Big 12||NR|