College Basketball Rankings Week 19: San Diego State and New Mexico move up

SDSU Xavier Thames cuts down championship net. - Kent Horner

San Diego State is tied for No. 8 in AP and No. 7 in Coaches Poll. New Mexico moves up to No. 20.

It was a tumultuous week in college basketball as regular season titles were won and lost in dramatic fashion. Some of the conference tournaments have already started and others finished as Wichita State with a perfect 34-0 record is the Missouri Valley regular season champion and tournament champion.

Across the AP Top 25, six of the top nine teams had a loss last week and 15 of all ranked teams experienced defeat in the last week of the regular season. Arizona, Duke, Virginia and Kansas each had a loss but remained in the top 10. The one loss each by Syracuse and Wisconsin dropped them out of the top 10.

San Diego State moved up from No. 10 to a tie for No. 8 with Michigan following a big win over New Mexico to capture the regular season Mountain West title. The Aztecs climbed three spots in the Coaches Poll to finish No. 7. Earlier in the week, a win by Michigan earned them their first outright Big Ten regular season title since 1986.

Louisville moved up six spots to land at No. 5 following wins over SMU and Connecticut. New Mexico lost at San Diego State but still managed to move up a spot to No. 20 in both polls.

AP Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Prev
1 Florida (50) 29-2 1610 1
2 Wichita State (15) 34-0 1574 2
3 Villanova 28-3 1454 6
4 Arizona 28-3 1435 3
5 Louisville 26-5 1237 11
6 Virginia 25-6 1186 5
7 Duke 24-7 1185 4
8 Michigan 23-7 1143 12
8 San Diego State 27-3 1143 10
10 Kansas 23-8 1087 8
11 Syracuse 27-4 1055 7
12 Wisconsin 25-6 973 9
13 Cincinnati 26-5 922 15
14 Creighton 24-6 752 13
15 North Carolina 23-8 709 14
16 Iowa State 23-7 572 16
17 Oklahoma 23-8 472 23
18 Saint Louis 26-5 433 17
19 Memphis 23-8 367 20
20 New Mexico 24-6 344 21
21 Connecticut 24-7 330 19
22 Michigan State 23-8 318 22
23 VCU 24-7 205 27
24 Ohio State 23-8 165 33
25 SMU 23-8 152 18

Others Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, North Carolina Central 1

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