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College Basketball Top-25 Breakdown and Other Headlines: Week 11

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Each week on Monday, I will be posting a breakdown of the AP Top 25, as well as other headlines from power conference teams around the country.

*AAC, A10, and WCC included in power conferences*

AP Top-25

  1. Villanova
  2. Virginia
  3. Purdue
  4. Duke
  5. Michigan State
  6. Xavier
  7. Kansas
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Arizona
  10. Texas Tech
  11. Auburn
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Saint Mary’s
  14. Gonzaga
  15. West Virginia
  16. Wichita State
  17. Ohio State
  18. Tennessee
  19. UNC
  20. Clemson
  21. Kentucky
  22. Rhode Island
  23. Florida
  24. Michigan
  25. Arizona State

Top-25 Breakdown

This week, we welcome Kentucky back into the rankings after they took out West Virginia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and West Virginia drops a ton with two losses this week. Everything else is pretty solid in my eyes!

Top-25 Notes

  • VTech and TCU begin the week with conference upsets of North Carolina and West Virginia.
  • #1 Villanova’s Big East dominance continues as they take out top contender Providence with ease by 20. Then, they survived at Marquette by three.
  • Oklahoma accomplishes a great win, holding off Kansas, as Trae Young was the biggest factor in the game once again.
  • #2 Virginia holds then ranked #18 Clemson to 36 points in a 61-36 win. This defense is unreal and could be one the best we have ever seen.
  • Florida, who was ranked, had a quick stay in the top-25, as they were upset by South Carolina.
  • Auburn travels to Missouri and beats them by 18 for yet another resume building win. Then, Auburn looks the best they have looked all year in a 21-point blow-out over LSU.
  • #3 Purdue for the second time this year barely holds off Michigan, who was ranked at the time.
  • Ohio State tied the game versus Penn State with a three, only for Penn State Shep Garner to hit a three off the backboard at the buzzer to keep Penn State in the tournament hunt.
  • NC State pulls off yet another upset, as they went to Chapel Hill to knock off UNC. NC State has upset Duke and Arizona as well.
  • #2 Virginia controls and dominates Coach K’s court on their way to a victory over Duke.
  • Cincinnati goes into Memphis to get a fantastic road win by 14.
  • Michigan State trailed the majority of the game at Maryland, only to come back and win by six.

Big 12/SEC Challenge (SEC 6-4)

  • Florida absolutely destroys Baylor at home for a momentum-building win.
  • Texas Tech gets a crucial win on the road over South Carolina.
  • Texas has no problem with Ole Miss, winning by 13.
  • Kansas State and Georgia play in a tight game, as Kansas State comes out on top by five.
  • Trae Young and Colin Sexton battle, and Sexton won that battle to give Alabama an upset win over Oklahoma.
  • Tennessee wins at Iowa State by 23 points.
  • TCU falls to the worst team in the SEC, Vandy, which really hurt their tournament stock.
  • Kansas takes care of Texas A&M at home for a great win.
  • Arkansas beats Oklahoma State at home by just one point.
  • Kentucky shocks us all as they pull off an upset over West Virginia in West Virginia.

Other Headlines

  • Kansas State steals an important game on the road in Waco, defeating Baylor.
  • Arkansas some-how pulls out a double overtime win at Georgia.
  • Ole Miss easily takes care of Alabama at home by 12 to make the SEC even more confusing. And to add to it, Texas A&M, who was starting to look better, fell to LSU.
  • Syracuse dismantles Boston College for a huge win to get them closer to playing in March.
  • Nebraska still has at-large tournament hopes after they beat Rutgers on the road coming off the major upset shot they gave to Ohio State.
  • Miami and their freshman phenom Lonnie Walker hold off Louisville for a fantastic win in overtime.
  • USC ends Stanford’s hot streak with a 69-64 win.
  • Indiana may have ended their March Madness hopes as they allowed Illinois to win their first Big Ten game of the year.
  • SMU falls in a game that is going to sting for a few weeks. The Mustangs fell to Uconn who is one of the worst teams in the AAC.
  • Tulane will not show up on a bracket in March as they felt to the worst power conference team in the nation (USF), on their home court.
  • Rhode Island needed a buzzer-beating three to beat Duquesne at home.
  • VTech travels to South Bend to take out the injured Notre Dame fighting Irish by five.
  • In the battle of the state of Oregon, the Ducks end the Beavers’ tournament hopes in a victory.
  • Missouri suffers an unneeded loss at Mississippi State by 12.

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