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AP Top 25: Colorado Buffaloes unranked

The Buffs were surprisingly left off.

NCAA Basketball: Dayton at Colorado Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In a bit a surprise, the Colorado Buffaloes were left off the most recent AP Top 25. The Buffs are unofficially 27th as both Kentucky and Arizona unexpectedly stayed in the rankings after multiple losses in a row.

Colorado occupied a spot in the Top 25 for almost the entirety of the season, but dropped out last week after losing at home to Northern Iowa (unofficially 36th in the current poll) following a road loss to then-No. 2 Kansas (currently 6th).

After a bounce-back 19-point win over Prairie View A&M, the Buffs pulled off what may be their best win of the season against the then-No. 13 Dayton Flyers (currently 18th). Colorado had their best all-around performance of the year and still needed a buzzer-beating three by D’Shawn Schwartz.

The Buffaloes have just one more non-conference game before the Pac-12 season, which will be against the Iona Gaels on December 29th. Heading into the season, we thought finishing 11-2 was the realistic best-case scenario in non-con and that’s about where we’re headed. The Buffs did lose at Kansas (as expected) and dropped a tough game to Northern Iowa, but they managed to win the MGM Invitational and beat Dayton in Chicago.

Of note, Kansas was ranked #1 this past week, but they lost to Villanova and became the fifth different top-ranked team to lose already this season. Dayton fell just five spots in the poll, which is fair considering their two losses have been neutral-site overtime losses to ranked teams in Kansas and Colorado.

The full Top 25 goes as follows:

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (ranked 2nd last week)
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes (5)
  3. Louisville Cardinals (3)
  4. Duke Blue Devils (4)
  5. Kansas Jayhawks (1)
  6. Oregon Ducks (8)
  7. Baylor Bears (10)
  8. Auburn Tigers (12)
  9. Memphis Tigers (11)
  10. Villanova Wildcats (18)
  11. Michigan Wolverines (14)
  12. Butler Bulldogs (17)
  13. Maryland Terrapins (7)
  14. Michigan State Spartans (15)
  15. San Diego State Spartans (20)
  16. Virginia Cavaliers (9)
  17. Florida State Seminoles (19)
  18. Dayton Flyers (13)
  19. Kentucky Wildcats (6)
  20. Penn State Nittany Lions (23)
  21. Washington Huskies (22)
  22. West Virginia Mountaineers (25)
  23. Texas Tech Red Raiders (24)
  24. Arizona Wildcats (16)
  25. Iowa Hawkeyes (NR)