AP Poll: Oklahoma is the nation's No. 1 team for the first time since 1990
The Oklahoma Sooners are the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25, taking over the top spot held last week by Kansas, which fell to No. 3.
The last time Oklahoma was the No. 1 team in the country, it was coached by Billy Tubbs, the Sooners averaged more than 100 points per game, and Skeeter Henry led the team in scoring.
Now, 26 years later, the Sooners are sitting at 15-1 with the leading candidate for Player of the Year in Buddy Hield and have been unanimously voted by the Associated Press' voters as the best team in college basketball. Monday's poll finds the Sooners slotted ahead of UNC, Kansas, Villanova and Xavier. Overall, it was a volatile week inside the polls -- so many ranked teams lost games over the past seven days -- but there were only two teams that got pushed out of the rankings. Within the numbers, West Virginia jumped up to sixth from 11th. Iowa moved from No. 16 to 9. Texas A&M is now in the top 10 after being No. 15 last week.
Duke and Kentucky took on rough losses, but they're both still ranked, too. Kentucky falls from 14th to 23rd, while the Blue Devils slip from No. 9 to No. 20. Inversely, Baylor's big week saw the Bears leap from 22 to 13.
The full poll:
1. Oklahoma Sooners (15-1)
2. North Carolina Tar Heels (16-2)
3. Kansas Jayhawks (15-2)
4. Villanova Wildcats (16-2)
5. Xavier Musketeers (16-1)
6. West Virginia Mountaineers (15-2)
7. Maryland Terrapins (16-2)
8. SMU Mustangs (17-0)
9. Iowa Hawkeyes (14-3)
10. Texas A&M Aggies (15-2)
11. Michigan State Spartans (16-3)
12. Arizona Wildcats (15-3)
13. Baylor Bears (14-3)
14. Virginia Cavaliers (13-4)
15. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (13-3)
16. Providence Friars (15-3)
17. Louisville Cardinals (14-3)
18. Butler Bulldogs (13-4)
19. Iowa State Cyclones (13-4)
20. Duke Blue Devils (14-4)
Southern California Trojans
22. Purdue Boilermakers (15-3)
23. Kentucky Wildcats (13-4)
24. South Carolina Gamecocks (16-1)
25. Indiana (15-3)
Dropped out: Gonzaga, Pittsburgh
Jumped in: USC, Indiana
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