AP Poll: Arkansas cracks Top 25 for first time this season

In News by Blake Lovell

Four SEC teams are in the newest college basketball AP poll, with Arkansas joining the mix for the first time this season.

The Razorbacks enter the poll at No. 22 after earning a thrilling 95-93 overtime win over Tennessee on Saturday. With the loss, the Vols fell four spots to No. 23.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M dropped out of the top five and now sits at No. 11 after a blowout loss at Alabama over the weekend.

Kentucky comes in at No. 17 after scoring wins over Louisville and Georgia this past week.

Auburn received four votes in the Others Receiving Votes section, with Alabama and Mississippi State earning one vote each.

Here are the full rankings for the week:

  1. Michigan State
  2. Duke
  3. Villanova
  4. Arizona State
  5. Xavier
  6. West Virginia
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Virginia
  9. Wichita State
  10. Kansas
  11. Texas A&M
  12. North Carolina
  13. Purdue
  14. Arizona
  15. Miami FL
  16. TCU
  17. Kentucky
  18. Texas Tech
  19. Gonzaga
  20. Cincinnati
  21. Seton Hall
  22. Arkansas
  23. Tennessee
  24. Florida State
  25. Clemson

Michigan State earned 43 first place votes. Duke picked up 21, and Villanova landed one.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.