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Rankings Rewritten: UConn and Purdue Hold onto Top Spots as Other Ranked Teams Suffer Losses in Men’s College Basketball Poll


Feb 13, 2024
Marquette ranked No. 4 and Indiana State back in AP Top 25 for first time since Larry Bird era in college basketball

The top two teams in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll remained unchanged for a fifth week, with UConn and Purdue holding onto their spots at No. 1 and No. 2. However, 17 ranked teams suffered at least one loss, leading to a reshuffle in the rankings. Marquette rose three spots to No. 4, while Iowa State moved up four positions to No. 10. Both teams capitalized on the losses of other top-ranked teams, including Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Arizona also made a move up three spots to rejoin the top five in the AP poll. The team won seven out of their last eight games in Pac-12 play, one game ahead of the conference regular-season race. Indiana State made its return to the rankings after decades, listed at No. 23 this week following victories over Valpo and Missouri State.

In the AP Top 25, UConn holds the top spot, followed by Purdue at No. 2 and Houston at No. 3. Marquette is ranked fourth, while Arizona is fifth on the list. Just outside of the top ten include Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Duke and Duke University’s Blue Devils are also among those receiving votes in the rankings this week along with Utah St., Colorado St., Texas Tech and San Diego St.

The shakeup in rankings was caused by several factors including injuries and unexpected losses that affected some of the top-ranked teams such as Kansas and North Carolina which led them to drop several spots down in the ranking.

Overall, it’s clear that any team can rise or fall depending on how well they perform during their games and how well they adapt to changing circumstances on or off

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