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College basketball rankings: Oklahoma Sooners hold on to 25th spot in AP poll

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After getting ranked in the college basketball rankings for the first time since 2009, the Oklahoma Sooners turned around and lost to the un-ranked Kansas State Wildcats. It looked like their stay in the polls would be short lived, but then the Sooners turned around and beat the 12th ranked Baylor Bears on Saturday and they retained their 25th spot in the AP poll for a second consecutive week on Jan. 20.

The Sooners have to count themselves lucky that the win over Baylor was considered big enough to keep them ranked, because Baylor dropped from 12th to 24th in the rankings. It seems strange to see the Bears (13-4) ranked ahead of the Sooners (14-4) in the AP poll. For one thing, the Sooners beat them on Saturday, and for another, Baylor has lost three of their last four games.

However, with Baylor facing the eight ranked Kansas Jayhawks this week while Oklahoma plays the two worst teams in the Big 12 in TCU and Texas Tech, there is good odds that OU will move up in the polls next week while Baylor might drop out completely.

The top of the polls saw some big moves as well. Third ranked Wisconsin dropped all the way to ninth after back-to-back losses while Villanova (16-1) jumped to fourth place. Kansas also made a big jump from 15th to eighth after knocking off Oklahoma State, who dropped from ninth to 11th.

College Basketball Rankings

  1. Arizona (61)
  2. Syracuse (4)
  3. Michigan State
  4. Villanova
  5. Wichita State
  6. Florida
  7. San Diego State
  8. Kansas
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Iowa
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Louisville
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Kentucky
  15. Cincinnati
  16. Iowa State
  17. Ohio State
  18. Duke
  19. Saint Louis
  20. Pittsburgh
  21. Michigan
  22. Kansas State
  23. Memphis
  24. Baylor
  25. Oklahoma
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