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:
- Michigan State
- Texas Tech
- Virginia Tech
- Florida State
- 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!