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Murray's AP Top 25: Where does Nevada land after it first loss?

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Cody Martin and the Wolf Pack dropped its first game of the season over the weekend. (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

* Iowa State: The Cyclones beat Kansas by 17 to pick up its first gigantic win of the season. Iowa State (12-2) is still light on quality wins, its victory over Missouri being the only other one of note. But the Cyclones have avoided bad losses (its two defeats are to Iowa and Arizona) and moved from unranked to No. 18 on my ballot this week. With its next three games against Baylor, Kansas State and Texas Tech, Iowa State will be tested to prove it should remain in the Top 25.

Team on the fall

* Marquette: The Top 25 teams took 12 losses this week, so there was quite a bit of shuffling. This is what happens when conference play begins and the strength of schedule ramps up. Marquette dropped an 89-69 decision to St. John's, its third loss of the season. I dropped Marquette from No. 14 to No. 25 on my ballot and added St. John’s at No. 24, the first showing this season for the one-loss Red Storm.

About the Wolf Pack

* Nevada: The Wolf Pack lost its first game of the season – by 27 points at New Mexico – and it will be interesting to see how far Nevada falls. I dropped the Wolf Pack from No. 6 to No. 12, and I’d expect the team to be somewhere in the 10-14 range given other losses by top-15 teams this week. Hurting Nevada is the fact it has zero Quad 1 wins and it just lost to a Quad 3 opponent by 27. This was not a “good loss.” The Wolf Pack is one of only three Top 25 teams without a Quad 1 win (along with Auburn and TCU). That lack of quality wins is going to ding Nevada more than most top-10 teams.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Michigan (1)

2. Duke (2)

3. Tennessee (4)

4. Virginia (5)

5. Kansas (3)

6. Gonzaga (8)

7. Texas Tech (9)

8. Virginia Tech (10)

9. Michigan State (12)

10. North Carolina State (13)

11. Houston (19)

12. Nevada (6)

13. Florida State (7)

14. Ohio State (11)

15. North Carolina (16)

16. Mississippi State (20)

17. Auburn (21)

18. Iowa State (n/r)

19. Buffalo (24)

20. Kentucky (15)

21. Indiana (18)

22. Oklahoma (22)

23. TCU (n/r)

24. St. John’s (n/r)

25. Marquette (14)

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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