Not as much shakeup as last week, with just a little bit of shuffling in the last half of this deck. Here's how I voted in this week's AP top 25 men's basketball poll, with each team's actual ranking in parenthesis.
1. North Carolina (3): Personally, I thought the Tar Heels dropped way too far (from No. 1 to No. 9) after a narrow road loss to a solid Northern Iowa squad while still playing without Marcus Paige. Paige scored 20 points in his return as UNC topped then-No. 2 Maryland last week.
2. Kentucky (5): I also think the Wildcats dropped too far after a road loss to a solid UCLA team in their first game without injured guard Tyler Ulis. Ulis isn't expected to be sidelined long-term, and I still believe a fully healthy UNC and Kentucky are top two teams in the country.
3. Michigan State (1): Spartans might soon change my mind on that last statement after taking over the top spot this week. Still a ways to go, but Denzel Valentine has to be early leader for national player of the year honors.
4. Maryland (6): After loss to UNC, Terrapins have a chance to impress again Tuesday night against UConn in the Jimmy V Classic.
5. Oklahoma (7): Sooners passed their biggest test of the young season Monday night by running away from Villanova.
6. Iowa State (4): The CU Buffaloes' season-opening six-point loss to the Cyclones keeps looking better and better as Iowa State continues to obliterate overmatched competition.
7. Duke (8): Blue Devils put together blowout wins against Indiana and Buffalo.
8. Kansas (2): Jayhawks had a stress-free week in wins against Loyola (Md.) and Harvard. Might be easy sailing until opening Big 12 Conference play against Baylor and Oklahoma.
9. Virginia (10): Tough stretch ahead for Cavaliers — West Virginia Tuesday night in Jimmy V Classic, then dates against Villanova and Cal.
10. Villanova (9): Wildcats' hot start cooled by Oklahoma on Monday night.
11. Arizona (13): The other Wildcats picked up a huge win against Gonzaga.
12. Purdue (11): Boilermakers picked up wins against Pitt and New Mexico despite playing without reigning Big Ten defensive player of the year Rapheal Davis, who reportedly is set to return sometime this week.
13. Xavier (12): Musketeers kept rolling with a blowout win against Western Kentucky.
14. Gonzaga (20): Narrow loss to Arizona dropped the Zags seven spots. I dropped them only three.
15. SMU (19): If matchups fall into place, upstart CU Buffaloes will get a shot at a likely undefeated Mustangs team on a neutral Las Vegas floor on Dec. 23.
16. Baylor (16): Impressive win for Bears Sunday night against Vanderbilt.
17. Vanderbilt (21): Solid showing on the road in a loss at Baylor. Commodores' only other loss was against Kansas.
18. Syracuse (NR): Orangemen followed up breakout week with losses against Wisconsin in overtime and Georgetown.
19. Miami (Fla.) (17): The Hurricanes' week highlighted by an OT win against Nebraska.
20. West Virginia (14): After a weak early slate, Mountaineers will be tested Tuesday night against Virginia.
21. Butler (18): Bulldogs return to the poll after knocking off then-No. 17 Cincinnati.
22. Cincinnati (23): Bearcats rebounded from two-point loss to Butler by blasting Morgan State.
23. Oregon (24): After beating Baylor last week, Ducks slip after losing to UNLV.
24. UConn (NR): For the second week in a row, Huskies sit at the top of the others receiving votes.
25. Providence (15): Friars continue to impress and secured a thrilling win at Rhode Island with a buzzer-beating tip-in from Ben Bentil.
IN (my poll): Miami (Fla.), Butler.
OUT: Texas A&M, Cal
ON DECK: Louisville, George Washington, UCLA