Apparently, the AP Top 25 poll voters believe Zion Williamson is done for the season. After losing a single game last week, the voters decided to slide the Blue Devils down to the No. 3 ranking behind the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers. Yes, the same team they defeated twice already during the regular season. However, Williamson was involved in both of those games.
The least surprising move of the day had to be the Gonzaga Bulldogs returning to the No. 1 spot in college basketball. The Bulldogs have won 18 straight games since their two game losing streak to the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers and No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels in mid-December. Now, the Bulldogs are a few wins away from securing a No. 1 seed out west. Yet, a bad loss might be damaging at any point before Selection Sunday.
The Tar Heels have moved into the top five right behind the No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats. Both teams may have had equally impressive weeks. In addition to defeating the Blue Devils, the Tar Heels came right back to snap the No. 18 Florida State Seminoles eight game winning streak. Yet, they have five losses coming into the last week of February. The Wildcats have four losses on the season. They have won 13 of their last 14 games, including a blowout over the Volunteers last week. However, a controversial loss to the LSU Tigers has all three teams tied atop the SEC with (12-2) conference records.
The rest of the top 10 is filled by the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans, No. 8 Houston Cougars, No. 9 Michigan Wolverines and No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles. A second loss dropped the No. 12 Nevada Wolf Pack out of the top 10.
The most surprising addition to the AP Top 25 comes from the Southern Conference. So far, the Wofford Terriers are dominating the league with a (24-4, 16-0) record. They appear to be a lock in the field of 68. The Terriers are 1 of 3 to 6 mid major teams in this week’s poll. It all depends on how you feel about the AAC. Some people consider Houston a mid major program, while not many people would consider the same for Cincinnati in the AAC.
AP Top 25 Rankings
- Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC)
- Virginia Cavaliers (ACC)
- Duke Blue Devils (ACC)
- Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)
- North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC)
- Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)
- Tennessee Volunteers (SEC)
- Houston Cougars (AAC)
- Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)
- Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East)
- Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12)
- Nevada Wolf Pack (MWC)
- LSU Tigers (SEC)
- Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten)
- Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)
- Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12)
- Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten)
- Florida State Seminoles (ACC)
- Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)
- Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC)
- Buffalo Bulls (Mid-American)
- Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten)
- Cincinnati Bearcats (AAC)
- Wofford Terriers (Southern)
- Washington Huskies (PAC-12)
The talent is evenly spread out with 11 conferences represented in the Top 25 rankings. Defending champion Villanova Wildcats are no long in the picture after three straight losses. As a result, the Big East only has one team in the Top 25 rankings.
Top 25 Conference Breakdown
Big Ten (6 Teams): Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Maryland, Wisconsin, Iowa
ACC (5 Teams): Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech
SEC (3 Teams): Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU
Big 12 (3 Teams): Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State
AAC (2 Teams): Houston, Cincinnati
WCC (1 Team): Gonzaga
Big East (1 Team): Marquette
MWC (1 Team): Nevada
Mid-American (1 Team): Buffalo
Southern (1 Team): Wofford
PAC-12 (1 Team): Washington