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That silence you hear is a sense of calm before the (likely) storm in college basketball.
A relatively uneventful week of games resulted in a completely unchanged Top 10 in the Associated Press rankings.
Duke remains the nation’s top-ranked team and is followed by Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga. Here is a look at how the entire poll played out:
6. Michigan State
8. Texas Tech
9. Virginia Tech
11. Florida State
13. North Carolina
17. NC State
18. Ole Miss
24. Mississippi State
While no Top 10 team lost, every team from Nos. 11-16 dropped at least one game. The chaos started immediately with No. 11 Auburn, which dropped three spots following an 82-67 loss to Ole Miss. The Tigers shot just 32.8 percent from the floor and sent Ole Miss to the line 37 times in their SEC opener.
“No matter what I tried to do in the last 11 days, there’s just no way in practice you can duplicate the physicality and the pace of the game,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl told reporters. “It’s a long layoff, and we looked like it, but that’s no excuse. We got outcoached and we got outplayed.”
North Carolina also moved back one spot to No. 13 after an 83-62 blowout loss to Louisville. It was the worst home loss of Roy Williams’ career with the Tar Heels.
“We never really got into the game,” Williams told reporters. “I’d like to give you a brilliant answer as to why, but I can’t give you that brilliant answer.”
Dwayne Sutton, Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch each scored 17 for the Cardinals, who had lost two of their last three coming into the contest.
No. 13 Florida State actually ascended to No. 11 thanks to a close home loss to Duke. Mississippi State rocketed 10 spots back all the way to No. 24, with South Carolina and Ole Miss each pulling off upsets. The Rebels’ wins over Auburn and Mississippi State allowed them to enter the rankings at No. 18.
Kermit Davis has a team many expected to finish at the bottom of the SEC playing like a true NCAA tournament contender.
Ohio State moved out of the Top 25 thanks to losses at Rutgers and Iowa, giving the Buckeyes three straight defeats overall. Iowa State suffered a similar fate with one-score losses to Baylor and Kansas State.
Iowa State, St. John’s and TCU also moved out of the rankings following rough weeks. No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 19 Maryland, No. 22 Villanova and No. 23 Iowa.