Projected AP College Basketball Rankings, Week 13

    Projected AP college basketball rankings for Week 13 of the 2015-16 season. Here’s how we predict the top 25 will look.

    January 31, 2016

    Projected AP college basketball rankings for Week 13. Here’s how we predict the top 25 will look.

    The Big 12-SEC Challenge definitely provided a lot of intrigue and wonder to the college basketball world this past weekend.

    The Ben Simmons-Buddy Hield battle lived up to the hype, and almost ended with an upset win for the unranked LSU Tigers. But thanks to Hield and Isaiah Cousins, the Sooners held on and will likely stay atop the AP Top 25 once again.

    North Carolina had a bit of lighter week with only one game against Boston College that ended in a 27-point win for the Tar Heels.

    The free fall for Duke continued. The Blue Devils dropped another game, this time an 80-69 loss to Miami. It’s hard to imagine Duke staying ranked after its latest defeat, and having lost four of its last five.

    Below are the projected AP college basketball rankings for Week 13.

    1. Oklahoma (18-2), RPI: .6864

    After picking up a 91-67 win over Texas Tech and a 77-75 win against LSU, Oklahoma should still be slotted as the No. 1 team.

    2. North Carolina (19-2), RPI: .6572

    It was a little surprising the Tar Heels didn’t leap over Oklahoma for the top ranking last week, and it’s not likely to happen this week. An 89-62 win over Boston College is solid, but it won’t be enough to catapult North Carolina to No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

    3. Iowa (16-5), RPI: .6514

    Maryland handed Iowa a six-point loss last week, but the Hawkeyes picked up a win against Northwestern, 85-71, to bounce back. And because Iowa played the Terps so closely, that should be all they need to stay put at No. 3 thanks to Kansas’ loss to the Cyclones.

    4. Kansas (17-4), RPI: .6640

    The Jayhawks may have picked up a top-25 loss to Iowa State early last week, but they followed that up with a top-25 win over Kentucky, 90-84. That should be enough to keep Kansas right in that No. 4 spot.

    5. Villanova (18-3), RPI: .6727

    Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins helped lead the way for the Wildcats in their 68-53 win over St John’s. Villanova got some help from Texas A&M, who fell to Arkansas earlier in the week.

    6. Xavier (19-2), RPI: .6615
    7. Maryland (19-3), RPI: .6519
    8. Texas A&M (18-3), RPI: .6421
    9. Virginia (17-4), RPI: .6565
    10. Michigan State (18-4), RPI: .6214
    11. Providence (18-4), RPI: .6161
    12. West Virginia (17-4), RPI: .6306

    13. SMU (19-1), RPI: .6552
    14. Iowa State (16-5), RPI: .6485
    15. Baylor (17-4), RPI: .6263
    16. Louisville (17-4), RPI: .6161
    17. Miami (FL) (16-4), RPI: .6256
    18. Purdue (19-4), RPI: .6123
    19. Arizona (17-5), RPI: .5976
    20. Kentucky (16-5), RPI: .6233
    21. Wichita St (16-5), RPI: .5836
    22. Indiana (18-4), RPI: .5862
    23. Oregon (18-4), RPI: .6649
    24. Dayton (18-3), RPI: .6375
    25. South Carolina (19-2), RPI: .6078

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