Top 25 Poll: Iowa St Debuts, Louisville Tumbles

    
March 5th, 2012

AP Top 25 Commentary: Gonzaga and Iowa State entered the field this week, with a bevy of teams hot on their trail. For Iowa St, getting into the Top 25 is a substantial accomplishment considering their recent history, and it helps their peaking at the right time. With this new ranking and solid Big 12 record, Iowa St could potentially play their way into a 5 or 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Besides Louisville and Virginia, who fell out of the Top 25, the other big loser this week was Florida. The Gators dropped 6 spots from 16th to 22nd, but should be quite thankful they're ranked considering they've only beaten one Top 25 team all season (Florida St.)

 

North Carolina moved into 4th place after spanking Duke. The Heels certainly have a good shot at a #1 seed now depending on how things shake out in the ACC Tournament.

 

Creighton moved up 6 spots after winning the MVC Tournament, but still trail conference rival Wichita St by 3 seeds.

 

At the back of the poll, Drexel has moved into 28th place with 83 votes while VCU has struggled to gain as much traction with just 6 votes. The two CAA powerhouses meet in tonight's conference final.


RK  TEAM  RECORD  PTS
1 Kentucky (63) 30-1 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 30-1 1,561
3 Kansas 26-5 1,482
4 North Carolina 27-4 1,442
5 Missouri 27-4 1,343
6 Duke 26-5 1,262
7 Ohio State 25-6 1,251
8 Michigan State 24-7 1,149
9 Marquette 25-6 1,087
10 Michigan 23-8 945
11 Murray State 30-1 922
12 Baylor 25-6 909
13 Georgetown 22-7 873
14 Wisconsin 23-8 853
15 Indiana 24-7 707
16 Wichita State 27-5 492
17 Florida State 21-9 468
18 San Diego State 24-6 441
19 Creighton 28-5 364
20 UNLV 25-7 360
21 Temple 24-6 343
22 Florida 22-9 305
23 Notre Dame 21-10 256
24 Gonzaga 25-5 170
25 Iowa State 22-9 127

Others receiving votes:

Saint Mary's 88, Louisville 84, Drexel 83, New Mexico 64, Virginia 34, Memphis 13, Virginia Commonwealth 6, Vanderbilt 6, Cincinnati 5, Long Beach State 3, Kansas State 2, Harvard 1, Saint Louis 1

Dropped from rankings:

Louisville 19, Virginia 24

 

New This Week:

Gonzaga 24, Iowa St 25