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College Basketball Rankings: Turbulent Times in Top 10

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Kentucky plummets, Gonzaga stands still.

NCAA Basketball: North Dakota at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The entirety of the top 10 landscape shifted in the third week of the AP Poll, except for one team, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who remained at No. 8.

Every other single top 10 squad moved around last week, thanks to Kentucky’s surprising loss at home. The Wildcats plummeted to No. 9 and were replaced at the top by the Duke Blue Devils, who garnered 52 first-place votes.

Elsewhere around the polls for Gonzaga fans, the North Carolina Tar Heels moved up to No. 5 and Arizona continued a steady climb up to No. 14. Two future opponents trended downwards. The Washington Huskies barely held on to the poll, landing at No. 25 after their loss to Tennessee. The Saint Mary’s Gaels made an unceremonious exit from the top 25 after their loss at home to Winthrop.

At the rate the Zags are going, they probably won’t move too much until the Bad Boys Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis over the holidays. Presuming the Zags beat their first in Southern Miss, they will face off against either a No. 13 Seton Hall squad or the No. 11 Oregon Ducks.

See below for the full AP poll.

AP Poll - Week 3

Rank Team Points Previous
Rank Team Points Previous
1 Duke (52) 1,608 2
2 Louisville (8) 1,501 4
3 Michigan State (4) 1,496 3
4 Kansas 1,389 5
5 North Carolina 1,262 6
6 Maryland 1,240 7
7 Virginia (1) 1,232 9
8 Gonzaga 1,227 8
9 Kentucky 1,110 1
10 Ohio State 1,006 16
11 Oregon 998 14
12 Texas Tech 947 11
13 Seton Hall 837 12
14 Arizona 644 19
15 Utah State 619 17
16 Memphis 574 13
17 Villanova 560 10
18 Xavier 463 21
19 Auburn 420 22
20 Tennessee 402 NR
21 VCU 365 NR
22 Texas 238 NR
23 Colorado 208 25
24 Baylor 179 NR
25 Washington 150 20
Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida St. 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi St. 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego St. 2, Creighton 1, Dayton 1, Northeastern 1, Vermont 1.