Reactions to the College Basketball Week 19 AP Top 25 Poll

College basketball’s regular season is officially over and conference tournament action is underway. There’s a new AP Top 25 poll to reflect the results from the final week of the regular season after North Carolina completed a season sweep of Duke, as did Michigan State against Michigan and Houston against Cincinnati.

Here are reactions to the latest AP Top 25 poll.

 

Will the top four teams earn No. 1 seeds?

Kentucky climbed two spots to No. 4 in the latest AP Top 25 poll as Duke dropped one spot to No. 5.

The top three teams are unchanged: No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 North Carolina.

The ACC and SEC tournaments will decide whether Virginia, North Carolina and/or Duke earn a No. 1 seed and the same can be said for Kentucky, Tennessee and even LSU. Gonzaga and Virginia have arguably locked in No. 1 seeds regardless of how they fare in their respective conference tournaments but the final two spots are still up for grabs in the final week before Selection Sunday.

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Michigan State, Texas Tech separate from the crowd

Michigan State’s season sweep of rival Michigan propelled the Spartans three spots to No. 6 in the AP Top 25. The Wolverines fell three spots to No. 10 and Purdue, which shared the Big Ten regular season title with Michigan State, dropped two spots to No. 13 after a loss at Minnesota.

Even though the Spartans are without two starters (although, Nick Ward could make his return at the Big Ten Tournament), they’ve established themselves as the best team in the Big Ten, at least in the eyes of the AP poll voters.

Texas Tech has done the same, even though the Red Raiders were co-Big 12 champions with Kansas State.

They climbed to No. 7 in the AP poll – one spot shy of their season-best AP poll ranking last season – while Kansas State checked in at No. 15, two spots ahead of No. 17 Kansas.

Recent history says that Michigan State has the offensive and defensive efficiency to win a national championship, while Texas Tech’s offense is just shy of the level of recent national champions.

 

The Big East’s slide

Marquette suffered the biggest drop of any team in the latest AP Top 25 poll as the Golden Eagles fell seven spots to No. 23 after suffering four straight losses to end the regular season. The last two were the most damaging, as defeats to NCAA Tournament bubble teams Seton Hall and Georgetown cost them at least a share of the Big East regular season title.

Villanova also dropped two spots to No. 25 after the Wildcats lost at Seton Hall in their regular season finale (but still backed into an outright conference title).

At the time of the release of the AP poll, not a single Big East team ranks in the top 25 on kenpom.com and half of the teams in the conference will enter the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on the NCAA Tournament bubble. This is clearly a down year for the conference after Villanova won two of the last three national championships but the parody of the Big East could lead to an unpredictable week at MSG.

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