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Murray's AP Top 25: West Virginia rises as Regular Virginia tumbles

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West Virginia moved to 14-2 after a pair of wins last week, including one over Texas Tech. (Kathleen Batten/AP)

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

On the rise

* West Virginia: The Mountaineers moved from No. 17 to No. 13 on my ballot after beating Oklahoma State and ranked Texas Tech to move to 14-2, which includes five Quad 1 wins. It was a bloodbath in the Top 25 this week as those teams took a combined 14 losses, so the programs that held serve with a perfect week had a chance to move way up. West Virginia didn’t get a single vote in the AP Top 25 preseason poll, but it has been one of the nation’s best teams. If anything, my No. 13 ranking could be a little low.

On the fall

* Virginia: The defending national champions continue to struggle with a pair of losses – to Boston College and Syracuse, in overtime – last week to drop to 11-4. The Cavaliers don’t have any Quad 1 wins and have three Quad 3 losses, so there isn’t much of an argument for keeping them in the Top 25 outside of previous years history, and that is not to be taken into account when ranking teams, per the instructions we receive at the beginning of the year. Virginia fell from No. 16 on my ballot to unranked.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Gonzaga (1)

2. Duke (2)

3. Baylor (5)

4. Auburn (4)

5. San Diego State (6)

6. Butler (7)

7. Kansas (3)

8. Florida State (8)

9. Oregon (13)

10. Maryland (9)

11. Kentucky (11)

12. Louisville (15)

13. West Virginia (17)

14. Villanova (18)

15. Dayton (20)

16. Michigan State (10)

17. Wichita State (24)

18. Colorado (21)

19. Memphis (14)

20. Stanford (n/r)

21. Seton Hall (n/r)

22. Ohio State (12)

23. Michigan (19)

24. Creighton (n/r)

25. Arkansas (23)

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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