In what seems to be a recurring theme, the AP top 25 will look very different next week with five teams losing on Saturday.
Three top 10 teams suffer losses
It’s been a difficult two weeks for Kansas with another loss this time to conference rivals Iowa St. The Cyclones aren’t in the top 25 at the moment but after this performance that will surely not be the case when the new polls are released. With the talent on deck for coach Self, there is no excuse for this poor showing but it can’t be denied that this Kansas team needs Udoka Azubuike back as soon as possible.
For Iowa St, guard Marial Shayok has been very impressive to start the season and he came into the game as the leading scorer in the Big 12 at almost 20 points per game. His 24-point performance will only solidify his growing reputation.
The second top 10 team to lose was Nevada in what was the upset of the week. The alarming thing about this loss is that New Mexico have actually been struggling this season and came into the game with a 7-6 record. Nevada is still expected to cruise to a conference title but you can expect them to see much more zone down the road considering how much they struggled with it in this game.
They had absolutely no answer for the New Mexico 3-2 with Caleb Martin in going 2-14 from the field in this one. He has not shot the ball well to start the season and they will need him to find his groove if they have any chance for success this season.
The third top 10 team to go down on Saturday was Florida St although this could hardly be called an upset considering the opponent. They lost 65-52 on the road to 4th ranked Virginia. The ACC regular season will be a slugfest and this is the first of many contests that will have top 25 teams facing each other during conference play.
The rest of the top 25 that could not pull out a win Saturday
As predicted by many, winning the SEC will be a very tough ask for this young Kentucky team. They lost at unranked Alabama by two points in a game where they were let down by their defense. You will have a hard time being successful at the college level if you score 75 points and don’t win. As matter of fact in all three of their losses this season, Kentucky have scored 75 points or more and still come up short which has to be an alarming trend for coach Calipari.
The season is still young and they are far from the finished article however the games aren’t going to get any easier so this young team will have to grow up on the fly.
The final top 25 team to go down was Ohio State, losing to Michigan St 86-77 at home. It was a tough loss for the Buckeyes but does not qualify as an upset with the Spartans ranked 8th in the country while the Buckeyes sit at 14th. Tom Izzo’s team looks poised to challenge in state rivals Michigan for the Big Ten title. The league is packed with talent from top to bottom but for now the road to Big Ten glory goes through East Lansing or Ann Arbor.