College Basketball Rankings: Week 5

The college basketball season is about to reach the one month mark and the latest rankings released by the Associated Press show a huge shakeup. The Michigan State Spartans and their undefeated 9-0 record vaulted from the No. 3 spot to No. 1 while the Kansas Jayhawks moved from No. 4 to No. 2 with their 6-1 record. The top two teams from last week in the Kentucky Wildcats and Maryland Terrapins fell to No. 5 and 6, respectively.

There are eight undefeated teams in the top 25 and while teams like Purdue, Xavier and West Virginia are good, they simply aren’t to the elite top ten level just yet. As the season shakes out though and conference play gets underway later this month and in early January, those teams will make noise throughout the country. The most impressive thing is the Iowa State Cyclones, who changed coaches in the offseason when Fred Hoiberg moved to the Chicago Bulls. Iowa State is still undefeated early on and is going to give Kansas a run for their money in the Big 12.

Another team that shouldn’t be discounted is Butler. While the Bulldogs have made the national championship twice in recent years and have always been a tough out in the NCAA Tournament, the Big East is a completely different animal than it used to be. The strength of the conference simply isn’t the same as it was before the American Athletic Conference split off and many former Big East teams went to different conferences.

Here is a look at college basketball rankings: week 5:

  1. Michigan State (9-0)
  2. Kansas (6-1)
  3. North Carolina (7-1)
  4. Iowa State (6-0)
  5. Kentucky (7-1)
  6. Maryland (7-1)
  7. Oklahoma (5-0)
  8. Duke (8-1)
  9. Villanova (7-0)
  10. Virginia (7-1)
  11. Purdue (8-0)
  12. Xavier (8-0)
  13. Arizona (7-1)
  14. West Virginia (7-0)
  15. Providence (8-1)
  16. Baylor (6-1)
  17. Miami (7-1)
  18. Butler (6-1)
  19. SMU (6-0)
  20. Gonzaga (5-2)
  21. Vanderbilt (6-2)
  22. Louisville (6-1)
  23. Cincinnati (8-1)
  24. Oregon (6-1)
  25. Utah (7-1)
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