AP Top 25 Commentary: Saint Mary's Replaces Gonzaga

    
January 16th, 2012

AP Top 25 Commentary: Syracuse remained #1 yet again after double-digit wins over Villanova and Providence. The Orange have only beaten two ranked teams (both at home), Florida, who fell to 17th this week, and Marquette.

 

Gonzaga was replaced in the poll by Saint Mary's, who gave the Bulldogs a beatdown in Moraga. With 64 votes, Gonzaga is still in the mix to reenter the poll with a couple solid weeks. The other team exiting the poll was Seton Hall, who blew a late lead on the road to South Florida.

 

North Carolina fell to 8th after getting crushed on the road at Florida St. The loss was so bad that one lone voter placed FSU in the Top 25 despite having 6 losses. For topping Michigan St, Northwestern also received a vote, and the rogue Wagner fan continued to support the Seahawks.

 

Louisville, who fell to 41st in the RPI after getting crushed by Providence earlier in the week, somehow hung onto the 23rd spot.

 

Rank  Team  Record  Points

1 Syracuse (60)   19-0 1,619
2 Kentucky (4)   17-1 1,558
3 Baylor (1)   17-0 1,503
4 Duke   15-2 1,380
5 Missouri   16-1 1,335
6 Ohio State   16-3 1,312
7 Kansas   14-3 1,218
8 North Carolina   15-3 1,172
9 Michigan State   15-3 1,119
10 Georgetown   14-3 884
11 Indiana   15-3 858
12 Murray State   18-0 825
13 Connecticut   14-3 807
14 UNLV   16-3 651
15 Virginia   14-2 649
16 San Diego State   15-2 621
17 Florida   14-4 596
18 Mississippi State   15-3 590
19 Creighton   16-2 471
20 Michigan   14-4 461
21 Marquette   14-4 278
22 Illinois   15-3 257
23 Louisville   14-4 208
24 Saint Mary's   17-2 167
25 Kansas State   12-4 102

Others receiving votes:

Vanderbilt 101, Wisconsin 90, Seton Hall 79, Gonzaga 64, New Mexico 61, Harvard 22, Cincinnati 17, Stanford 16, West Virginia 16, Alabama 10, Wichita State 3, Iona 2, Florida State 1, Northwestern 1, Wagner 1

Dropped from rankings:

Gonzaga 21, Seton Hall 24