Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
Marquette ranked No. 4 and Indiana State back in AP Top 25 for first time since Larry Bird era in college basketball

UConn and Purdue continued their dominance in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll, holding onto their positions as No. 1 and No. 2 for a fifth week. However, the rankings saw a shakeup as 17 teams took at least one loss.

Marquette rose three spots to No. 4, while Iowa State moved up four spots to No. 10. These teams capitalized on the losses suffered by other top-ranked teams, including Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Arizona also made a move up three spots to rejoin the top five in the AP poll after winning seven of their last eight games in Pac-12 play and leading the conference regular-season race by one game.

Indiana State appeared in the rankings for the first time since the late 1970s, listed at No. 23 this week after wins over Valpo and Missouri State. Houston ranks at No. 3, with Marquette at No. 4 and Arizona at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll this week.

Just outside of the top ten include Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Duke.

Further down the rankings, teams receiving votes include Utah St., Colorado St., Texas Tech, and San Diego St.

The rankings are constantly changing as teams take advantage of each other’s weaknesses and injuries can have a significant impact on a team’s performance. With many games still to be played before March Madness begins, there is still much uncertainty about who will make it to the tournament.

Overall, it is clear that UConn remains a dominant force in college basketball with Purdue closely behind them in second place. However, Marquette has shown impressive improvement recently and could challenge these two teams for supremacy if they continue to perform well.

As we approach March Madness, it will be interesting to see how these rankings change and which teams emerge as contenders for championship glory this year!

By Editor

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