/College basketball rankings: Michigan State drops out, Louisville jumps in new AP Top 25
College basketball rankings: Michigan State drops out, Louisville jumps in new AP Top 25

College basketball rankings: Michigan State drops out, Louisville jumps in new AP Top 25

Michigan State dropped out of the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings on Monday on the heels of a 55-54 home loss to Purdue on Friday. The loss came after Purdue big man Trevion Williams hit a late go-ahead jumper to seal the win, erasing Sparty’s 17-point second-half lead for good.

It’s the first time all season that Michigan State is not ranked in the AP poll, though it shouldn’t come as a surprise after the loss marked its fourth defeat in a six-game stretch after ending the 2020 calendar year on a three-game losing streak. It marks the second Big Ten team to drop out of the rankings in Monday’s update along with Rutgers, which lost its first three games to start the 2021 calendar year. It lost twice this week, to Michigan State and to Ohio State, by an average of 17 points.

Making a leap up the rankings this week is Louisville, which went from unranked to No. 16 after its win on Wednesday against Virginia Tech. The Cardinals (8-1) are quietly surging of late, with wins in four straight, including over Kentucky just before the New Year. They’re one of three ACC teams — along with Duke and Virginia — who have yet to take a loss in conference play.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Gonzaga (63) 12-0 1,599 1
2 Baylor (1) 11-0 1,536 2
3 Villanova 8-1 1,436 3
4 Texas 10-1 1,536 4
5 Iowa 11-2 1,322 5
6 Kansas 10-2 1,220 6
7 Michigan 10-0 1,161 10
8 Creighton 10-2 1,151 7
9 Wisconsin 10-2 1,110 8
10 Tennessee 9-1 1,093 9
11 Houston 10-1 993 11
12 Clemson 9-1 747 19
13 West Virginia 9-4 701 14
14 Illinois 9-4 694 12
15 Texas Tech 10-3 689 18
16 Louisville 8-1 464 NO
17 Missouri 7-2 436 13
18 Virginia 7-2 403 22
19 Duke 5-2 397 21
20 Virginia Tech 9-2 286 19
21 Ohio State 9-3 280 NO
22 Oregon 9-2 264 17
23 Minnesota 10-4 233 16
24 Saint Louis 7-1 220 23
25 UConn 6-1 181 NO

Others receiving votes: Alabama 173, UCLA 137, Colorado 96, Florida St. 74, Southern Cal 48, Rutgers 46, Drake 42, Michigan St. 34, Oklahoma St. 28, Arkansas 24, San Diego St. 10, Boise St. 8, Florida 7, Xavier 7, LSU 7, Northwestern 6, Tulsa 5, NC State 5, Indiana 2, Winthrop 2, Belmont 1