AP men’s basketball top 25 review

Huskies make list; VCU drops out, beats No. 23 LSU Wednesday



University of Washington’s then-sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell reacts to making a lay-up on Feb. 16 at Beasley Coliseum. Washington made the AP Top 25.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

The Associated Press released its Top 25 poll after the first week of college basketball. The poll sets the tone for what the season will consist of when it comes to the rankings. Either the committee favors a certain conference over others or there is now an even playing field with some surprising upsets. After one intense, but fun week of basketball, here is what is right and what is wrong with this week’s AP Top 25 poll.

What is right with the poll:

All of the changes for the top five are accurately represented. Kentucky is the new No. 1 overall after beating Michigan State in the first game of the season, and this was expected. Kansas and Michigan State both slipping down a little bit because of their close losses is accurate, combined with Louisville rising up a spot, shows the spread of conference representation in the top five.

Washington entered the top 25. Obviously, as a Cougar, I’m not the biggest fan of this, but as a Pac-12 fanatic, this could not be any better. The Huskies beat Baylor in a back-and-forth game at their neutral site game, and I remember putting this in my notable matchups this past week, and it proved to be very notable. Washington now joins Oregon, Arizona and newcomer Colorado in the top 25 as teams from the Pac-12.

Florida deserved to drop nine spots. The Gators looked a shell of themselves against Florida State on Sunday, turning the basketball over many times and not scoring on offense. Florida could not end their losing streak to the Seminoles, and with all the praise that Florida had this offseason, it seems that their offensive scheme has now been exposed, thanks to Florida State.

What is wrong with the poll:

Florida State should be in the top 25. I just touched on this, but Florida State beat the No. 6 team in the country with their defensive strategy and limited Florida’s offense to 51 points in the game. The Seminoles did have a close loss to Pittsburgh in their first game, but to bounce back and beat Florida, in Gainesville, by 12, means that the team is top 25 worthy.

Memphis should go down a few spots. Despite the NCAA stating that center James Wiseman is likely ineligible to play, the Tigers still plan to play Wiseman in the season. I was high on this team, because of the amount of talent the team has, but with the potential No. 1 draft pick for the NBA “gone” for the season, Memphis should fall a spot or two because of it.

Why did Virginia Commonwealth University fall out of the top 25? The Rams played close games against both North Texas and St. Francis University to open the season, but still won both and proved to be a good team coming out of the Atlantic 10 conference.

Notable matchups and victories for this week (11/11-11/17):

Evansville took down No. 1 Kentucky 67-64 on Tuesday.

No. 14 Oregon defeated No. 13 Memphis 82-74 on Tuesday.

Virginia Commonwealth University beat No. 23 LSU on Wednesday.

No. 16 Ohio State upset No. 10 Villanova 76-51 on Wednesday.

No. 3 Michigan State plays No. 12 Seton Hall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on FS1.

No. 8 Gonzaga faces Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Friday on the SEC Network.

No. 20 Washington plays Tennessee at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in a non-conference, neutral site game at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+.

New Mexico State faces No. 19 Arizona at 11 a.m. Sunday on the Pac-12 Network.