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The Tigers lose a little ground ahead of a big week.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Hear ye, hear ye, we have another Monday edition of new college basketball rankings.

Auburn, which was at #11, dropped a couple spots to #14 after a 1-1 week. The Tigers fell to Ole Miss last week 82-67 before beating Georgia 93-78 on Saturday in the home opener.

Here’s everything going on above Auburn in the AP Poll:

  1. Duke
  2. Michigan
  3. Tennessee
  4. Virginia
  5. Gonzaga
  6. Michigan State
  7. Kansas
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. Nevada
  11. Florida State
  12. Kentucky
  13. North Carolina

Other notable teams in the rankings include NC State at #17, Ole Miss at #18, and Mississippi State at #24. South Carolina and Florida are receiving votes as well. So far, Auburn’s three losses have come away from home against the #1, #17, and #18 teams in the country, who have a combined five losses between them, and are #1 (Duke), #26 (NC State), and #30 (Ole Miss) in the KenPom rankings. There aren’t any bad losses there.

This week, the Tigers get a chance to get right on the road at Texas A&M, The Aggies aren’t very good, despite the fact that they beat Alabama on a buzzer beater over the weekend. A&M’s 7-7 record has them at #87 in KenPom, several spots behind Xavier, who Auburn’s already beaten. That game precedes a home tilt with Kentucky on Saturday, where two top fifteen teams will clash at Auburn Arena. The Wildcats had a weird game with Vanderbilt over the weekend, winning 56-47, and they’ll have to play Georgia in Athens tomorrow ahead of the Saturday matchup.

Here’s what else is coming this week in the Top 25:

1/14/19 - Syracuse @ #1 Duke, #11 Florida State @ Pittsburgh, Texas @ #7 Kansas

  • Let’s see if the emotional letdowns affect Duke and FSU in different ways, and if the Longhorns can take advantage of a thin Jayhawk team in Lawrence.

1/15/19 - #12 Kentucky @ Georgia, Florida @ #24 Mississippi State, #9 Virginia Tech @ #4 Virginia, LSU @ #18 Ole Miss

  • Obviously, this is a big night to see how several other SEC teams are looking against stiff competition in the conference, and a pretty big ACC matchup as well.

1/16/19 - Iowa State @ #8 Texas Tech

  • It’s a good chance to see a tough game for a team in front of Auburn in the polls.

All in all, Auburn’s got to take advantage of this week. They’ve got to find a way to beat Texas A&M on the road before the game against Kentucky this weekend. Huge, huge week for Bruce Pearl and company. War Eagle!