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College Basketball Top 25: The Only Undefeated Team In The Nation Isn’t Better Than Florida, Apparently
Each week we’ll bring you the AP’s college basketball rankings along with serious, measured, professional analysis. Let’s get to Week 16!
1. Florida (47)
The Gators beat Auburn and Ole Miss last week. Ultimately, though, it was Patric Young’s accurate evisceration of BC that launched the Gators to the top of the rankings.
2. Wichita State (14)
The Shockers beat Loyola (Il.) and Drake last week. Clearly, Young Money’s not getting in the way of an undefeated season. Lil Wayne’s always been a huge Wichita State fan.
3. Arizona (4)
The Wildcats beat Utah and Colorado last week. They were unable to capitalize on the apparent power vacuum at the top, possibly because the state of Arizona recently banned vacuums
The Orange lost to BC and Duke last week. I don’t know if you heard, but there was some controversy at the end of the Duke game.
The Jayhawks beat Texas Tech and Texas last week. Bill Self capped the week by saying, “Texas is just another state to me.”
The Blue Devils beat Georgia Tech, lost to North Carolina, and beat Syracuse last week. Honestly, Georgia Tech is just happy to be included in that sentence.
The Cardinals beat South Florida and Cincinnati. To the delight of many, last week Rick Pitino revealed that he doesn’t understand what Twitter is.
The Wildcats beat Providence and St. John’s last week. Far more importantly, the game against the Red Storm had pizza shenanigans.
The Blue Jays beat Marquette and Seton Hall last week. Still no word on the logic of having them exactly one spot behind a team they have obliterated on two occasions.
10. Saint Louis
The Billikens beat George Mason and George Washington last week. Last week also marked a poignant moment for the Billikens and Rick Majerus’ family.
The Bearcats beat UCF and lost to Louisville last week. Mick Cronin did not make any comments about Instagram.
The Cavaliers beat Virginia Tech and Notre Dame last week. They’ve been at the top of the ACC all season, but you won’t hear about that from them.
13. San Diego State
The Aztecs beat Utah State and lost convincingly to New Mexico last week. Of course, like all empires, the Aztec Empire had to crumble some time. I’m just honored to be witnessing history.
The Badgers beat Iowa last week. I can report, exclusively, that Iowa City will never be the same.
15. Iowa State
The Cyclones beat Texas and TCU last week. Of course, the Horned Frogs are actually a group of amphibians who only recently gained sentience, so that was not an impressive victory.
The Wolverines beat Michigan State last week. If they lose to Purdue this week, they will have alternated wins and losses for all of February. I’m sure their ranking is representative though.
The Wildcats beat Ole Miss and LSU last week. Coach Cal was a little confused against the Rebels.
18. Michigan State
The Spartans beat Purdue and lost to Michigan last week, falling once again to the dreaded “Post-Purdue Pitfall.”
19. North Carolina
The Tar Heels beat Florida State, Duke, and Wake Forest last week, continuing one of the strangest seasons in recent memory.
The Hawkeyes lost to Wisconsin. It’s cute that the Badgers and Hawkeyes were focused entirely on each other last week.
The Tigers beat Rutgers and Temple last week. Honestly, I don’t think it matters what they do at this point.
22. Ohio State
The Buckeyes beat Northwestern and Minnesota last week, defeating the Golden Gophers 64-46. Aaron Craft, who hates palindromes, has not been able to sleep since. Look out for that moving forward.
The Mustangs beat Houston and Connecticut last week. Let’s give Larry Brown a hand, shall we?
The Longhorns beat Iowa State and lost to Kansas last week. Thankfully, the “Rick Barnes is coaching well” buzz has died down. I’ll be excited to excoriate him again.
25. New Mexico
The Lobos beat UNLV and San Diego State last week, continuing to represent for apples everywhere.
Also receiving votes: A double alley-oop, Rovell doing Rovell things, Syracuse in bad company, kissing one’s sister, Baylor being stupid, eight-foot beams, disheveled Jim Boeheim, Russ Smith’s game winner, Leon Rice.
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