It’s Monday which means it’s time for the new college basketball polls to come out. After another tumultuous week for ranked teams Villanova finds itself in the cat bird’s seat for the first time in school history and a total of eight different teams received first-place votes in the AP and Coaches Poll.
We are four weeks away from the beginning of conference tournaments and over the past week nearly half of the top 25 suffered losses including two by #2 North Carolina, #8 Texas A&M and #15 Baylor.
#1 Oklahoma was defeated by Kansas State and #2 North Carolina fell at the hands of #19 Louisville and Notre Dame to finish a shakeup in the top two.
Maryland also took out #18 Purdue on the road while once top ten team Providence went winless thanks to a bad loss at DePaul and falling to Villanova. #13 Iowa State was taken down by #14 West Virginia who is now the leader in the Big 12.
#12 SMU suffered its second loss of the year at Houston while Baylor felt the wrath of West Virginia and the coming on strong Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns.
In the back part of the poll Kentucky was taken out by Tennessee, Wichita State took a hit at Illinois State. Indiana suffered a bad loss at Penn State and South Carolina suffered one at the hands of Georgia.
This past week was a microcosm of what this season has been so far; a perfect balance of crazy, unpredictable and fun and it’s only February.