College Basketball Rankings Week 16: Aztecs Given Respect at No. 6

Kent Horner

San Diego State dropped just one spot in the AP and two spots in the Coaches Poll.

Winning in February is almost as tough as winning in March. Last week, 12 of the AP Top 25 teams lost at least one game. Eight of these losses were in conference play on the road. Pittsburgh lost twice to fall off of the rankings.

San Diego State lost at Wyoming and then rebounded to win at home against Air Force. They dropped just one spot from No. 5 to No. 6 in the AP and down two spots to No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. It didn't hurt that Villanova, Kansas, Michigan State and Iowa State, all within striking distance of San Diego State, all suffered a loss as well. Duke made the most notable move in the top 10, moving up from No. 8 to No. 5.

Creighton was the biggest mover overall, jumping seven places from No. 18 up to No. 11 in the AP on the heels of another dominating performance over Villanova. The Villanova loss dropped them from No. 6 to No. 9.

New Mexico (19-5, 10-2 MW) had won 11-of-12 games and were starting to gain traction toward being a ranked team, but the loss last week at Boise State derailed their momentum.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PREV
1
Last Week: @ Pittsburgh W 58-56, vs NC State W 56-55
This Week: vs. Boston College Feb 19, @ Duke Feb 22
2
Last Week: @ Tennessee W 67-58, @ Kentucky W 69-59
This Week: vs. Auburn Feb 19, @ Ole Miss Feb 22
3
Last Week: vs S Illinois W 78-67, @ Evansville W 84-68
This Week: @ Loyola (IL) Feb 19, vs. Drake Feb 22
4
Last Week: @ Arizona State L 69-66
This Week: @ Utah Feb 19, @ Colorado Feb 22
5
  • Duke
  • 20-5
  • 1,296
  • 8
  • 3
Last Week: vs Maryland W 69-67
This Week: @ Georgia Tech Feb 18, @ North Carolina Feb 20, vs. Syracuse Feb 22
6
Last Week: @ Wyoming L 68-62, vs Air Force W 64-56
This Week: vs. Utah State Feb 18, @ New Mexico Feb 22
7
Last Week: vs Houston W 73-62
This Week: @ UCF Feb 19, vs. Louisville Feb 22
8
Last Week: @ Kansas State L 85-82, vs TCU W 95-65
This Week: @ Texas Tech Feb 18, vs. Texas Feb 22
9
Last Week: @ DePaul W 87-62, @ Creighton L 101-80
This Week: @ Providence Feb 18, vs. St. John's Feb 22
10
Last Week: vs VCU W 64-62
This Week: @ George Mason Feb 19, vs. George Washington Feb 22
11
Last Week: @ Butler W 68-63, vs Villanova W 101-80
This Week: @ Marquette Feb 19, vs. Seton Hall Feb 23
11
Last Week: @ Temple W 82-58, vs Rutgers W 102-54
This Week: vs. South Florida Feb 18, @ Cincinnati Feb 22
13
Last Week: vs Northwestern W 85-70, vs Nebraska L 60-51
This Week: @ Purdue Feb 20, @ Michigan Feb 23
14
Last Week: vs Maryland W 61-53, @ Clemson W 63-58
This Week: @ Virginia Tech Feb 18, vs. Notre Dame Feb 22
15
  • Iowa
  • 19-6
  • 721
  • 16
  • 1
Last Week: @ Penn State W 82-70
This Week: @ Indiana Feb 18, vs. Wisconsin Feb 22
16
Last Week: vs Minnesota W 78-70, @ Michigan W 75-62
This Week: @ Iowa Feb 22
17
Last Week: @ West Virginia L 102-77, vs Texas Tech W 70-64
This Week: vs. Texas Feb 18, @ TCU Feb 22
18
Last Week: @ Auburn W 64-56, vs Florida L 69-59
This Week: @ Ole Miss Feb 18, vs. LSU Feb 22
19
Last Week: vs Oklahoma State W 87-68, vs West Virginia W 88-71
This Week: @ Iowa State Feb 18, @ Kansas Feb 22
20
Last Week: @ Ohio State W 70-60, vs Wisconsin L 75-62
This Week: vs. Michigan State Feb 23
21
Last Week: vs South Florida W 83-40, vs Memphis W 86-81
This Week: @ Temple Feb 20, vs. Southern Methodist Feb 23
22
Last Week: vs UCF W 76-70, @ Connecticut L 86-81
This Week: @ Rutgers Feb 20, vs. Temple Feb 22
23
  • UCLA
  • 20-5
  • 168
  • NR
  • 3
Last Week: vs Colorado W 92-74, vs Utah W 80-66
This Week: @ California Feb 19, @ Stanford Feb 22
24
Last Week: vs Michigan L 70-60, @ Illinois W 48-39
This Week: vs. Northwestern Feb 19, vs. Minnesota Feb 22
25
Last Week: vs Pepperdine W 83-68, vs Loyola Mary W 86-67
This Week: @ Brigham Young Feb 20, @ San Diego Feb 23

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PREV
1
Last Week: @ Pittsburgh W 58-56, vs NC State W 56-55
This Week: vs. Boston College Feb 19, @ No. 5 Duke Feb 22
2
Last Week: @ Tennessee W 67-58, @ Kentucky W 69-59
This Week: vs. Auburn Feb 19, @ Ole Miss Feb 22
3
Last Week: vs S Illinois W 78-67, @ Evansville W 84-68
This Week: @ Loyola (IL) Feb 19, vs. Drake Feb 22
4
Last Week: @ Arizona State L 69-66
This Week: @ Utah Feb 19, @ Colorado Feb 22
5
Last Week: @ Temple W 82-58, vs Rutgers W 102-54
This Week: vs. South Florida Feb 18, @ No. 7 Cincinnati Feb 22
6
Last Week: vs Maryland W 69-67
This Week: @ Georgia Tech Feb 18, @ North Carolina Feb 20, vs. No. 1 Syracuse Feb 22
7
Last Week: @ Wyoming L 68-62, vs Air Force W 64-56
This Week: vs. Utah State Feb 18, @ New Mexico Feb 22
8
Last Week: @ Kansas State L 85-82, vs TCU W 95-65
This Week: @ Texas Tech Feb 18, vs. No. 19 Texas Feb 22
9
Last Week: vs Houston W 73-62
This Week: @ UCF Feb 19, vs. No. 11 Louisville Feb 22
10
Last Week: vs VCU W 64-62
This Week: @ George Mason Feb 19, vs. George Washington Feb 22
11
Last Week: @ DePaul W 87-62, @ Creighton L 101-80
This Week: @ Providence Feb 18, vs. St. John's Feb 22
12
Last Week: @ Butler W 68-63, vs Villanova W 101-80
This Week: @ Marquette Feb 19, vs. Seton Hall Feb 23
13
Last Week: vs Maryland W 61-53, @ Clemson W 63-58
This Week: @ Virginia Tech Feb 18, vs. Notre Dame Feb 22
14
Last Week: vs Northwestern W 85-70, vs Nebraska L 60-51
This Week: @ Purdue Feb 20, @ No. 20 Michigan Feb 23
15
  • Iowa
  • 19-6
  • 375
  • 15
  • --
Last Week: @ Penn State W 82-70
This Week: @ Indiana Feb 18, vs. No. 16 Wisconsin Feb 22
16
Last Week: @ Auburn W 64-56, vs Florida L 69-59
This Week: @ Ole Miss Feb 18, vs. LSU Feb 22
17
Last Week: vs Oklahoma State W 87-68, vs West Virginia W 88-71
This Week: @ No. 17 Iowa State Feb 18, @ No. 8 Kansas Feb 22
18
Last Week: vs Minnesota W 78-70, @ Michigan W 75-62
This Week: @ No. 15 Iowa Feb 22
19
Last Week: @ West Virginia L 102-77, vs Texas Tech W 70-64
This Week: vs. No. 19 Texas Feb 18, @ TCU Feb 22
20
Last Week: @ Ohio State W 70-60, vs Wisconsin L 75-62
This Week: vs. No. 13 Michigan State Feb 23
21
Last Week: vs South Florida W 83-40, vs Memphis W 86-81
This Week: @ Temple Feb 20, vs. Southern Methodist Feb 23
22
Last Week: vs Pepperdine W 83-68, vs Loyola Mary W 86-67
This Week: @ Brigham Young Feb 20, @ San Diego Feb 23
23
Last Week: vs Michigan L 70-60, @ Illinois W 48-39
This Week: vs. Northwestern Feb 19, vs. Minnesota Feb 22
24
Last Week: vs UCF W 76-70, @ Connecticut L 86-81
This Week: @ Rutgers Feb 20, vs. Temple Feb 22
25
Last Week: vs Colorado W 92-74, vs Utah W 80-66
This Week: @ California Feb 19, @ Stanford Feb 22

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