The AP top 25 college basketball rankings for Week 17 have been released.
No. 1 Indiana has staked it’s claim atop the rankings for the fourth straight week. The Hoosiers have separated themselves as the consensus top team in the nation.
Miami finally dropped a game, 80-65 to Wake Forest. The Canes’ first conference loss of the year results in a three-spot slip to No. 5.
No. 2 Gonzaga replaced the Hurricanes just behind the Hoosiers, followed by No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Michigan, who each moved up three spots. The second-place ranking is the highest the ‘Zags have ever climbed in the polls.
No. 12 Syracuse was the lone team to fall out of the top 10, following a 57-46 loss to No. 7 Georgetown.
Colorado State (prev. No. 22) and Virginia Commonwealth (prev. No. 24) were the only teams to fall from the top 25, while No. 25 Louisiana Tech and No. 18 St. Louis replaced them.
Following is the complete top 25 (via ESPN):
- Others receiving votes: Colorado State 49, Virginia Commonwealth 45, Akron 43, Wichita State 35, Saint Mary’s 24, Illinois 19, Connecticut 18, UNLV 13, North Carolina 8, California 5, Middle Tennessee 2, Missouri 1, Belmont 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
- Dropped from rankings: Colorado State 22, Virginia Commonwealth 24