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Murray's AP Top 25: A good week for Villanova and some mid-majors

Villanova forward Saddiq Bey drives during a win over Butler last week. (Laurence Kesterson/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

* Mid-majors: Unlike last week, there weren’t many upsets in the Top 25. None of the teams in the top 10 lost a game, so there were minimal changes up top. Villanova did move from No. 8 to No. 6 on my ballot after beating No. 13 Butler and Providence. The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 13 games. Some losses in the back end of the Top 25 paved the way for me to throw some love to the mid-majors as I moved Houston (23rd), Wichita State (24th) and Saint Mary’s (25th) in my last three spots.

On the fall

* Memphis: The team that will fall the most this week is Texas Tech, which lost both of its games last week to fall to 12-7 on the season. The Red Raiders entered last week ranked 18th in the nation, but I didn’t have them ranked, so they weren’t the biggest fallers on my ballot. Instead, that is Memphis, which also went 0-2 last week and dropped from 18th on my ballot to unraked. The Tigers entered the season with a ton of buzz but is working their way to the wrong side of the bubble.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Baylor (1)

2. Gonzaga (2)

3. San Diego State (3)

4. Kansas (4)

5. Florida State (5)

6. Villanova (8)

7. Louisville (6)

8. Duke (7)

9. Dayton (9)

10. Oregon (12)

11. Seton Hall (13)

12. Maryland (14)

13. Kentucky (15)

14. West Virginia (16)

15. Auburn (17)

16. Butler (10)

17. Michigan State (11)

18. Colorado (20)

19. Iowa (23)

20. LSU (22)

21. Illinois (24)

22. Creighton (25)

23. Houston (n/r)

24. Wichita State (n/r)

25. Saint Mary's (n/r)

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

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