College Basketball’s Top 25: Post Week 11

By: Kristen Ashly

Almost immediately after becoming the No.1 team in college basketball, the Oklahoma Sooners lost their second game of the season to the Iowa State Cyclones. It was only the beginning of a worlwind week for college basketball. In all, 15 of my top 25 ranked teams lost at least one game, including seven teams residing in my top 10.

With the No.2 North Carolina Tar Heels winning both games last week, many thought they would assume the position as the top ranked team. Instead, I’ve kept the Tar Heels a step below the Sooners on my list, as so does the AP Poll.

Due to all of the losses, the No.3 Iowa Hawkeyes moved up six spots. They were followed by the No.4 Kansas Jayhawks, and No.5 Texas A&M Aggies.

The No.24 Duke Blue Devils finally earned a win, after three straight ACC losses, but not before dropping four spots.

The No.10 Providence Friars also rose six spots in my list. They survived an overtime win over the No.6 Villanova Wildcats on the road, despite the treacherous winter storm Jonas threatening travel and delaying the game one day.

I introduced three newcomers to the rankings this week, as well. The No.22 Wichita State Shockers, the No.23 Oregon Ducks and No.25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish made their first appearance in my rankings.

Here is my entire top 25 post Week 11:

1. Oklahoma Sooners
2. North Carolina Tar Heels
3. Iowa Hawkeyes
4. Kansas Jayhawks
5. Texas A&M Aggies
6. Villanova Wildcats
7. Xavier Musketeers
8. Maryland Terrapins
9. West Virginia Mountaineers
10. Providence Friars
11. Virginia Cavaliers
12. Michigan State Spartans
13. SMU Mustangs
14. Iowa State Cyclones
15. Miami Hurricanes
16. Louisville Cardinals
17. Baylor Bears
18. Arizona Wildcats
19. Indiana Hoosiers
20. Kentucky Wildcats
21. Purdue Boilermakers
22. Wichita State Shockers
23. Oregon Ducks
24. Duke Blue Devils
25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Kristen Ashly is an editor and contributor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. Follow her on Twitter @KristenAshly to shoot the breeze about horror movies, college ball, and NFL recruiting.

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