AP Top 25 & Commentary: Florida Overrated?

    
February 6th, 2012

 

AP Top 25 Commentary:

 

The top 6 teams remain the same as last week, and then things get interesting.

 

Florida makes a big move up to 8th, thanks to losses by Duke, Kansas, and Michigan St (last week's 7-8-9 teams). The Gators best win on a road or neutral court this season is at mediocre Ole Miss, so I'm not quite jumping on the bandwagon. The Gators schedule gets a lot tougher the rest of the way with games at UK, Vandy, Bama, and Arkansas, as well as a home game against UK to close the season.

 

San Diego St and Saint Mary's move up 4 spots each, while Florida St jumps 6 positions. Florida St surpassed Virginia in the ranking after escaping with a close 3-point home win over the Cavaliers.

 

At the back of the poll, Vanderbilt not only dropped out of the Top 25, but they only received 2 votes this week. UCONN, who made a similar fall as Vandy last week, no longer received a single vote.

 

Gaining major momentum this week were Notre Dame, Temple, and Southern Miss, all nearing the Top 25. Last week, those 3 teams received a measly 11 votes between them. There seems to be much less conviction about teams 22 through 25 than previous weeks, so any of those 3 has a chance to jump into the Top 25 next week.


RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (63) 23-1 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 23-1 1,553
3 Ohio State 20-3 1,493
4 Missouri 21-2 1,415
5 North Carolina 20-3 1,352
6 Baylor 21-2 1,318
7 Kansas 18-5 1,170
8 Florida 19-4 1,066
9 Murray State 23-0 1,055
10 Duke 19-4 1,037
11 Michigan State 18-5 1,032
12 Georgetown 18-4 919
13 San Diego State 20-3 728
14 UNLV 21-4 702
15 Florida State 16-6 694
16 Saint Mary's 22-2 635
17 Creighton 21-3 600
18 Marquette 19-5 469
19 Virginia 18-4 448
20 Mississippi State 18-5 401
21 Wisconsin 18-6 384
22 Michigan 17-7 253
23 Indiana 18-6 227
24 Louisville 18-5 112
25 Harvard 20-2 105

Others receiving votes:

Notre Dame 83, Iowa State 71, Southern Miss 51, Temple 41, Gonzaga 35, Wichita State 31, Long Beach State 6, New Mexico 5, Kansas State 3, Iona 2, Cleveland State 2, Vanderbilt 2, Brigham Young 1, Miami (FL) 1

Dropped from rankings:

Gonzaga 24, Vanderbilt 25

 

New This Week:

Louisville 24, Harvard 25