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Murray's AP Top 25: Where does the 6-0 Wolf Pack land?

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Nisré Zouzoua and the Wolf Pack are 6-0. (Nick Beaton/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

* Kansas: We have a new No. 1 – our third of the season – with Kansas taking the top spot after beating Tennessee in overtime, which marks the Jayhawks’ second top-10 win of the season (in addition to a victory over Michigan State). I wanted to put Gonzaga here and almost did after the Bulldogs’ upset of Duke, but Kansas’ two top-10 wins and overall strength of schedule was the deciding factor over Gonzaga, which moved to No. 2 with Duke falling to No. 3.

Team on the fall

* Mississippi State: The Bulldogs lost to Arizona State and fell off my ballot after being 15th last week (I would have had them 26th this week). Also dropping from my ballot were LSU (16), TCU (17), Clemson (18) and UCLA (20). Taking their spots were Texas (15), Ohio State (17), Texas Tech (18), Arizona State (20) and Creighton (24).

About the Wolf Pack

* Nevada: I kept Nevada sixth on my ballot, although I expect the Wolf Pack to move up a slot to No. 5 in the actual rankings. Nevada is doing what you'd expect from a top-10 team playing inferior competition – pounding teams – but it’s overall strength of schedule (248th in the nation, per KenPom) ranks 19th among the teams on my Top 25 bettering only Kansas State, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio State, Iowa and Texas Tech. Nevada’s next three games are against Loyola Chicago, USC and Arizona State and offer chances of more noteworthy wins.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Kansas (2)

2. Gonzaga (4)

3. Duke (1)

4. Virginia (7)

5. Tennessee (3)

6. Nevada (6)

7. Michigan (10)

8. Michigan State (12)

9. Auburn (5)

10. Kentucky (9)

11. North Carolina (8)

12. Virginia Tech (11)

13. Kansas State (13)

14. Florida State (14)

15. Texas (n/r)

16. Iowa (19)

17. Ohio State (n/r)

18. Texas Tech (n/r)

19. Buffalo (21)

20. Arizona State (n/r)

21. Oregon (22)

22. Purdue (23)

23. Wisconsin (24)

24. Creighton (n/r)

25. Furman (25)

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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