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Murray's AP Top 25: A new No. 1; Nevada remains stable

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Caleb Martin and the Wolf Pack have been rolling of late. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada Sports Net columnist Chris Murray is one of 65 voters in the college basketball AP Top 25 poll. Here is a look at the biggest movers and shakers in his poll this week.

Team on the rise

* Tennessee: Tennessee was the main benefactor on my ballot of Duke beating Virginia for a second time this season. I had Virginia at No. 1 but moved the Cavaliers down two spots after the Blue Devils beat them again. Duke moved up a spot to No. 2 and Tennessee moved up a spot to No. 1, putting it atop my ballot for the first time this season (Tennessee had been the No. 1 overall for a couple of weeks on the consensus Top 25). Tennessee won’t be a unanimous No. 1 this week, but it probably should be.

Team on the fall

* Wisconsin: The Badgers beat Minnesota before losing to Michigan last week. That was Wisconsin’s seventh loss of the season, so while the Badgers have seven Quad 1 wins, tied for the third most in the nation behind Michigan State (nine) and Kansas (eight), eight losses is a lot of losses. I moved Wisconsin from 15th to 25th on my ballot, which was the largest slip of the week among Top 25 teams.

About the Wolf Pack

* Nevada: The Wolf Pack had minimal trouble beating Colorado State and New Mexico last week and stayed eighth on my Top 25 (it was sixth in the consensus poll last week and should stay there again this week). It will be interesting to see if anybody jumps Houston over Nevada (I’ve had the Cougars one spot ahead of the Wolf Pack for several weeks now). Houston picked up two more Quad 1 wins last week and now has four to Nevada’s zero. The Cougars beat UCF (17-5) and ranked Cincinnati (20-4) last week. The NCAA Tournament selection committee had Houston as a No. 3 seed in its bracket released Saturday to Nevada's No. 4 seed. Houston has the better résumé for sure, although that doesn't mean it is the better team.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Tennessee (2)

2. Duke (3)

3. Virginia (1)

4. Gonzaga (4)

5. Michigan (5)

6. Kentucky (6)

7. Houston (7)

8. Nevada (8)

9. North Carolina (9)

10. Marquette (11)

11. Michigan State (10)

12. Texas Tech (18)

13. Kansas (13)

14. Purdue (17)

15. LSU (20)

16. Iowa (19)

17. Virginia Tech (12)

18. Villanova (14)

19. Florida State (n/r)

20. Iowa State (16)

21. Louisville (21)

22. Maryland (23)

23. Kansas State (n/r)

24. Buffalo (n/r)

25. Wisconsin (15)

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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