There are many YouWager fans who believe the Louisville Cardinals won’t be the last team to be No. 1 this season.
These are the top five teams in The Associated Press poll:
Rick Pitino’s 15-1 Cardinals took advantage of defeats by the Duke Blue Devils and the Michigan Wolverines to move up two spots to No. 1 earlier this week in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. This is just the second time in the Cardinals’ history they’re on top. The first time was the final poll of 2008-09, a season in which they reached the final eight of the NCAA tournament.
Several hours later, the team used a strong second half to beat the Connecticut Huskiers 73-60 on Monday night to move to 16-1.
The Cardinals were one of five teams to receive a first-place vote this week, and that reinforces Pitino’s point.
Louisville, who has won 11 straight since losing to the Blue Devils in the final of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. That’s 23 more than the Indiana Hosiers, a team that moved up from fifth.
The Hosiers were No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first five weeks of the regular college basketball season. The Blue Devils, who were No. 1 for the past four weeks, were third with 14 No. 1 votes. Duke was followed by the Kansas Jayhawks and the Wolverines, which drew one first-place vote each.
There were four newcomers to the poll this week: No. 21 Oregon Ducks, No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth, No. 24 UCLA Bruins and No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles.
It is VCU’s first ranking since the 1984-85 season. The Ducks are once again back in for the first time since 2007-08. The Golden Eagles were ranked last season, and the Bruins, which were No. 13 in the preseason poll, are back after being out for the past seven weeks.
These basketball teams replaced Georgetown, Cincinnati, Wichita State and UNLV, who all lost once last week.