Major, major changes to the AP top 25 poll this week in college basketball. Tennessee is back in the top five after surviving the week, which was filled with injuries and sickness for the Volunteers. Road wins over Mississippi State and LSU bring them all the way up to No. 4 in the latest ranking.
Tennessee will take on Georgia and No. 10 Texas this week.
Purdue surged back to the top of this week’s poll, simply surviving the week. Houston and UCLA lost, and Kansas lost twice. Alabama climbed up to No. 2, coming oh-so-close to the No. 1 spot. Just 16 points separated the two at the top.
Tennessee and Alabama remain on a collision course, with that February 15th matchup in Knoxville looming.
The only other ranked team out of the SEC was Auburn, which checked in at No. 15.
5. Kansas State
12. Iowa State
22. Saint Mary’s
25. New Mexico