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AP Top 25 Basketball Rankings And How To Watch Tonight's Best Games Not Involving Minnesota

The Gophers did not crack the Top 25 after losing to Louisville. What is the world coming to? #sarcasm

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I don't think this will surprise any of you, but Minnesota did not crack the AP Top 25 men's basketball rankings following their loss to (now) #7 Louisville on Friday night. That said, the loss didn't really hurt them in the rankings either (nor should it), as the Gophers fell from #31 in the Others Receiving Votes category to #33. The normal caveats about the rankings not mattering at all (especially this early) and the fact that the Gophers will rise if they win in the Big Ten apply of course. Regardless, it's still fun to see how the program is perceived nationally and in general the perception remains positive.

Here's the full rankings:

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (49) 1574 1
2 Arizona Wildcats (4) 1491 2
3 Wisconsin Badgers (7) 1475 3
4 Duke Blue Devils (4) 1422 4
5 Kansas Jayhawks 1306 5
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 1254 6
7 Louisville Cardinals 1130 8
8 Florida Gators 1127 7
9 Virginia Cavaliers 1065 9
10 Texas Longhorns 1061 10
11 Wichita State Shockers 1002 11
12 Villanova Wildcats 858 12
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 841 13
14 Iowa State Cyclones 746 14
15 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 654 15
16 San Diego State Aztecs 564 16
17 Connecticut Huskies 525 17
18 Oklahoma Sooners 466 19
19 Michigan State Spartans 443 18
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 361 20
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 298 21
22 SMU Mustangs 290 22
23 Syracuse Orange 190 23
24 Michigan Wolverines 177 24
25 Utah Utes 118 25
Others Receiving Votes: Stanford (2-0) 63; Colorado (1-0) 52; Iowa (1-0) 48; UCLA (2-0) 41; Kansas State (1-0) 29; Arkansas (1-0) 23; Memphis (0-0) 11; Minnesota (0-1) 11; Notre Dame (2-0) 10; Pittsburgh (2-0) 10; Louisiana Tech (1-0) 9; Dayton (1-0) 7; Florida State (1-0) 6; North Carolina State (1-0) 6; Oklahoma State (2-0) 6; Cincinnati (1-0) 5; George Washington (2-0) 5; LSU (1-0) 5; Illinois (2-0) 3; Maryland (1-0) 3; Brigham Young (1-0) 2; Texas-El Paso (1-0) 2; Baylor (1-0) 2; Northern Iowa (1-0) 1; Georgetown (1-0) 1; Stephen F. Austin (1-0) 1

Upcoming Games to Watch - Minnesota Edition

- The Gophers tip off against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at 7PM CST on ESPN3

Upcoming Games to Watch - Everyone Else

- When you're not watching the Gophers versus Western Kentucky (or perhaps at the same time you're watching since that game is only available on ESPN3) you'll want to check out #4 Duke vs. #19 Michigan State in the State Farm Classic. It tips off at 6PM CST on ESPN.

- Immediately following Duke/MSU is another top ranked matchup at The Classic. The second game features #1 Kentucky vs. #5 Kansas. It's a great non-con game not featuring the Gophers because of the quality of the teams and the easy rooting interests (boo Kentucky). UK/KU tips off at 8PM CST, though I'm sure the actual tipoff will be later than that.

- Fans of mid-majors will want to tune into ESPN this afternoon at 1pm to watch #11 Wichita State take on Memphis.

- If you want a Big Ten non-con matchup that doesn't include Duke, then you'll want keep ESPN2 on in the background while watching Minnesota. The Duece has #20 Ohio State facing off against Marquette at 6:30PM CST.