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Purdue is the freshman #1 team in men’s college basketball News agency Yet another upsetting week.
Last week’s top two teams, Houston and Kansas, suffered upset upsets at home, while six of the top eight teams overall have lost at least once this week.
It leaves Purdue and Alabama at the top of the standings with plenty of action beyond that. Here are the 25 latest headlines heading into Week 12.
5. Kansas State
8. University of California
20. Miami (Florida)
21. Florida Atlantic
22. Saint Mary
25. New Mexico
Upsets happen all the time in college basketball, but they hit a historic high this weekend:
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No. 2 Kansas lost to TCU yesterday.
No. 1 Houston just fell to Temple.
This marked the first time in the history of the AP Poll that both of the top two teams had lost at home in a two-day period. pic.twitter.com/PCMjm47JNf
Houston won nine straight games before their home game against Temple, which they entered with an 11-9 record. The Cougars still fell short of expectations while shooting just 33.9 percent from the field and 6-of-17 from three-point range.
It was an ugly game all along, and Temple came up with defensive key plays to end the rout:
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Clutch when it matters most 🚨
Core Jungcoach and Temple defense shut out No. 1 Houston in the dying seconds to secure the Owls’ biggest upset in over two decades! pic.twitter.com/9YGFIzd1qi
Houston fell to third place in the latest poll, while Kansas fell to ninth after suffering two losses during the week.
The Jayhawks had lost an understandable road to rival Kansas State, who finished fifth in the poll and established themselves as a legitimate contender with a thrilling 83-82 overtime victory. Kansas’ second loss was even more embarrassing, falling 83-60 to TCU for the second largest home defeat under head coach Bill Self.
Jalen Wilson scored 68 points in the two games, but the rest of the team struggled, and there are big question marks after a record of 16-1 through 17 games.
Purdue nearly held a home run among the big leagues in Sunday’s game against Maryland, but the Boilermakers cruised to a 58-55 win. Player of the Year nominee Zack Eddy scored 24 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks as the team improved to 19-1.
Alabama also moved ahead in the poll after dominating Missouri and Vanderbilt on the road this week. The Crimson Tide are now 7-0 in the SEC, with each win coming in double digits.
Tennessee rebounded again this week and moved up to No. 4 with its own pair of road wins in the SEC.
Many teams have not been so lucky, with UCLA, Gonzaga, Texas and Xavier all dropping games this week.
Gonzaga’s most surprising fumble was as the team snapped a 75-game home streak with a 68-67 loss to Loyola Marymount.
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LMU gets the turmoil at NO. 6 Gonzaga on the road‼️
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Gonzaga dropped eight places in the latest poll, to 14th overall.
UCLA snapped a 14-game winning streak by Arizona with a 58-52 defeat, although both Pac-12 teams remain Final Four contenders.
These teams and others will be looking to get back on track this week, including Kansas with an important road game against Baylor on Monday. Rapidly rising Kansas State travels to take on Iowa later in the week, while Purdue could face a tough test against Michigan.
The SEC/Big 12 Challenge also features several exciting battles, highlighted by Texas vs. Tennessee.