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AP Poll: Duke #1, Creighton in, Arizona State ranked

A look at the movement in the national AP poll, as Duke is the undisputed #1 and Seton Hall is out

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This frenzied Thanksgiving Holiday - where many teams played three games in the week in tournament challenge situations with tight turnaround times - resulted in five teams dropping from the rankings, and other teams garnering votes that preseason experts couldn’t have predicted.

In the Big East, Villanova handled competition in the Battle for Atlantis, finishing the tournament with a 64-50 win over the unexpected championship opponent, Northern Iowa.

The Creighton Bluejays slid into the top 25 rankings after a high-scoring 100-89 win over UCLA, a hard fought loss to Baylor and a bounce back win against SIU-Edwardsville, while Seton Hall dropped out of the rankings after a one point loss to Rhode Island in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

As for Xavier, the Musketeers fell victim to perhaps the most convincing team out of the Pac-12 last week, the Arizona State Sun Devils. Bobby Hurley’s team took the hammer to then-#15 Xavier in a 102-86 win in the championship of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

As an upcoming opponent for St. John’s, now #20 ASU is no pushover.

They are tough to defend, scoring 96 points a game so far against some quality competition. Senior guard Tra Holder has been outstanding, scoring 23 points and dishing out over five assists per game.

The Duke Blue Devils retained their No. 1 ranking after coming back from a deficit in all three of their PK 80 tournament games, ending the tournament with a phenomenal comeback win against the highly talented Florida Gators.

Additionally: the Big 12 saw two of its teams added to this week’s rankings with Texas Tech at No. 22 and TCU at No. 23, both continuing to build upon their undefeated records after not participating in any tournaments this week.

West Virginia moved up four spots to No. 19 after coming back from down 16 late in the second half to win the Advocare Invitational over the Missouri Tigers.

The No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers, from the ACC, entered the top 25 for the first time this year after wining the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish jumped from No. 13 to No. 5 in this week’s AP Poll after overcoming a double-digit half time deficit to win the Maui Invitational over Wichita State.

On the flipside, the formerly No. 2 Arizona Wildcats went 0-3 in the Battle for Atlantis, ending the tournament with a blowout 89-64 loss to Purdue for the 8th place game. Those losses caused Sean Miller’s Wildcats to drop from the rankings entirely.

AP Poll Rankings, 11/27

Rank School Wins Losses Points Previous
Rank School Wins Losses Points Previous
1 Duke (65) 8 0 1625 1
2 Kansas 5 0 1531 3
3 Michigan State 5 1 1481 4
4 Villanova 6 0 1435 5
5 Notre Dame 6 0 1297 13
6 Florida 5 1 1272 7
7 Kentucky 6 1 1179 8
8 Wichita State 4 1 1134 6
9 Texas A&M 6 0 1130 16
10 Miami (FL) 5 0 1001 11
11 Cincinnati 6 0 972 12
12 Minnesota 7 0 929 14
13 North Carolina 5 1 922 9
14 Southern California 4 1 681 10
15 Gonzaga 5 1 666 17
16 Baylor 5 0 576 22
17 Louisville 4 0 568 19
18 Virginia 6 0 510 NR
19 West Virginia 6 1 418 23
20 Arizona State 6 0 383 NR
21 Xavier 5 1 370 15
22 Texas Tech 6 0 247 NR
23 TCU 6 0 133 NR
24 Alabama 5 1 128 25
25 Creighton 5 1 124 NR
AP Poll, 11/27/17

Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 87, Nevada 61, UCLA 56, Purdue 56, Arizona 34, Washington State 25, Texas 22, Arkansas 17, Tennessee 14, Providence 9, Northwestern 8, Rhode Island 6, Saint Mary's 5, Georgia 5, Oklahoma 3, UNLV 2, Vermont 1, Texas Arlington 1, Maryland 1.