What happens when four of the top five teams in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings lose? Utter chaos.
Villanova is back atop the Week 10 AP Top 25 after a one-week absence but the Wildcats' two-spot jump wasn't because of their win over Marquette — their lone game of the week. It was because of shocking road losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke, along with losses by No. 4 Arizona State and No. 5 Xavier that to ensure no one hopped Villanova.
Let's break down all the movement in the Week 10 AP Top 25, but first, here are the full rankings:
|5 (T)||Wichita State||13-2||9|
Villanova got No. 1 but Week 10 belongs to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders beat Kansas — handily, 85-73 — and Kansas State to jump 10 spots to No. 8, their second-highest ranking ever and best since the 1995-96 season.
Not, not really but it sure felt like it after Michigan State got pummeled by Ohio State, North Carolina scored 49 points vs. Virginia, Duke fell to North Carolina State, Arizona State and Arizona both lost to Colorado and Kansas was embarrassed at home by Texas Tech.
Opportunities to Enter Top 25
Also, Florida (No. 27) is riding a five-game winning streak after dropping four of five earlier this year, and while the Gators don't run the gauntlet this week, a 2-0 week combined losses by teams above them should be enough to bump them back in.
Opportunities to Fall From Top 25
None of the bottom seven teams are safe.
Creighton gets both Butler and Xavier and, as mentioned above, Tennessee and Kentucky both play Texas A&M. North Carolina has a hot Notre Dame team, and Clemson faces Miami (FL) and the North Carolina State team that just beat Duke.