The AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll remained unchanged Monday, with UConn and Purdue holding onto their positions at No. 1 and No. 2 for a fifth consecutive week. However, a significant portion of the rankings saw a shakeup after four of last week’s top-10 teams and 17 ranked teams in total took at least one loss in a chaotic week.
Marquette was the biggest beneficiary of the chaos, rising three spots to No. 4, while Iowa State leapt four spots and snuck into the top-10 at No. 10. Marquette jumped past Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee in its appearance back into the top-five of the AP poll for the first time since Week 4. Meanwhile, Arizona also moved up three spots and rejoined the top five — at No. 5 — for the first time since Week 8. After climbing to No. 1 in the AP poll earlier in the season, the Wildcats fell to as low as No. 12 before a big week with wins over Utah and Colorado propelled them back into the top five. They’ve won seven of their last eight games in Pac-12 play and are one game up in the conference regular-season race.
Elsewhere in the AP poll, MVC-leading Indiana State appeared in the rankings for the first time since Larry Bird played there in his college days over four decades ago. The Sycamores ended their four-decade-long drought with an appearance at No. 23 in the poll this week following wins over Valpo and Missouri State to improve to 13-2 in MVC play and 22-3 overall