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Daniel Wilco | | February 21, 2017

Behind the numbers of the Week 16 Top 25

  Baylor fell to Kansas for the second time this year. The Bears also fell from No. 4 to No. 9 in this week's AP poll.

With only a few more games to play before conference tournaments start, teams are running out of time to make their NCAA tournament case. The statements, though, may be coming from the best teams in the country.

The top 10 teams in the AP Top 25 poll suffered just three losses on the week (two of those belong to Baylor), and only eight ranked teams fell. Thus, for the second week in a row, the Top 25 stayed relatively calm.


Here’s our weekly in-depth look at the latest edition of the rankings (released Feb. 20) and a glance back at the poll's 16-week history:

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37-11 -- ranked teams’ record last week, including a 16-3 mark for top-10 teams. The past two weeks, the top 10 had gone a combined 25-11.

9 -- conferences that are represented in this week's Top 25. The ACC has the most teams with six, while the next closest has three. By weighting the conferences by team rankings (No. 1 is worth 25, No. 25 is worth 1), the ACC comes out in first place, followed by the Pac 12, which is the only conference with two teams sitting in the top 5.

  Conference Number of teams Teams Weighted score
1 ACC 6 Louisville (7), UNC (8), Duke (10), Virginia (18), FSU (19), Notre Dame (21) 73
2 Pac-12 3 Arizona (4), UCLA (5), Oregon (6) 63
3 Big 12 3 Kansas (3), Baylor (9), West Virginia (12) 54
T4 Big East 3 Villanova (2), Butler (22), Creighton (23) 31
T4 West Coast 2 Gonzaga (1), Saint Mary's (20) 31
6 SEC 2 Kentucky (11), Florida (13) 29
7 Big Ten 3 Purdue (14), Wisconsin (16), Maryland (24) 24
8 AAC 2 Cincinnati (15), SMU (17) 20
9 MVC 1 Wichita State (25) 1

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4 -- spots, the biggest jump this week: by Notre Dame (No. 25 to No. 21). Last week, the Fighting Irish took down Boston College (84-76) and NC State (81-72), pushing their current win streak to four games. Notre Dame looks for revenge against Georgia Tech on Sunday when the Yellow Jackets, who upset the Fighting Irish in Atlanta earlier this year, come to town.

5 -- spots, the biggest drop this week: by Baylor (No. 4 to No. 9) and Wisconsin (No. 11 to No. 16). The Bears dropped both of their games last week, falling on the road to unranked Texas Tech (84-78) and losing at home to No. 3 Kansas (65-63). But back-to-back games with Iowa State (Feb. 25) and No. 12 West Virginia (Feb. 27) will give Baylor an opportunity to steady itself and potentially secure the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

4 -- spots, the longest upward streak: by Florida. After dropping to No. 25 in Week 12 (Jan. 23), Florida is 8-0, with a statement 88-66 win over No. 8 Kentucky on Feb. 4. The Gators are tied with No. 11 Kentucky for the SEC lead. Each team likely has only one more ranked matchup left in the regular season: when they face off on Feb. 25 in a game that will probably decide the conference champion. 

3 -- spots, the longest streak down: by Maryland. The Terrapins peaked at No. 17 in Week 13 (Jan. 30), but have gone 3-3 since, losing to No. 23 Purdue (73-72), unranked Penn State (70-64) and No. 11 Wisconsin (71-60).


12 -- teams that have been ranked in the top 5 at some point. Duke (Preseason, Weeks 2, 4-8), Kentucky (Preseason, Weeks 2-4, 11, 12), Kansas (Preseason, Weeks 3-16), Villanova (Preseason-Week 16), Oregon (Preseason, Weeks 2, 14), UNC (Weeks 2-4), Indiana (Week 3), Baylor (Weeks 5-10, 12, 13, 15), UCLA (Weeks 5-11, 16), Gonzaga (Weeks 9-16), Arizona (Weeks 13, 15-16) and Louisville (Week 14).

5 -- teams that have been ranked No. 1 this year. Duke (Preseason-Week 2), Kentucky (Weeks 3-4), Villanova (Weeks 5-9, 11-12), Baylor (Week 10), Gonzaga (Weeks 13-16).

41 -- teams that have been ranked this season.

1 -- team that has never dropped in the rankings: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs began the season at No. 14 and have steadily climbed to the No. 1 spot. Gonzaga is the only unbeaten team, sitting at 28-0.

8 -- teams that were ranked in the preseason that have a net-positive ranking movement: Gonzaga (+13: started No. 14, now No. 1), Louisville (+6: started No. 13, now No. 7), West Virginia (+8: started No. 20, now No. 12), UCLA (+11: started No. 16, now No. 5),  Maryland (+1: started No. 25, now No. 24), Villanova (+2: started No. 4, now No. 2), Arizona (+6: started No. 10, now No. 4), Purdue (+1: started No. 15, now No. 14).

16 -- teams that have been ranked every week since the preseason: Villanova, Kansas, UCLA, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Creighton, West Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, Louisville, Arizona, Virginia, Wisconsin, Duke, Purdue and Saint Mary’s.

11 -- spots, the biggest single-week drop: by Duke. The Blue Devils fell from No. 7 to No. 18 between Week 10 (Jan. 9) and Week 11 (Jan. 16). During that span, Duke went 0-2, losing to No. 14 Louisville (78-69) and No. 9 Florida State (88-72). Oregon may have Duke beat in the anvil category. The Ducks plummeted 19 spots in two weeks, from No. 4 to No. 23 with a stop at No. 13 (Week 2, Nov. 14 – Week 4, Nov. 28). The Ducks were 3-2 during that stretch, falling to unranked Baylor (66-49) and unranked Georgetown (65-61).

5 -- weeks, the most one team has stayed in the same position: by three teams. Villanova stayed on top at No. 1 from Week 5 (Dec. 5) to Week 9 (Jan. 2) before falling to No. 3 for one week, then jumping back to the top spot. Kansas was No. 3 during that same span before climbing to the No. 2 ranking in Week 10 (Jan. 9). And Duke stayed at No. 5 from Week 4 (Nov. 28) to Week 8 (Dec. 26) before dropping to No. 8.

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