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Thursday / May 25.
  • AP Top 25 to Undergo More Changes After Wild Saturday

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    By JOHN MARSHALL

    The Top 25 underwent a major overhaul last week after 14 ranked teams lost, including seven of the top 10.

    More changes are on the way after a wild Saturday of upsets and takedowns.

    Six of the top 10 teams lost, including Nos. 2 and 3 at home to unranked teams — a first in the 69-year history of the AP poll, according to ESPN Stats.

    The day opened with Iowa State knocking off No. 2 Kansas 92-89 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Cyclones’ victory, made possible by a school-record 18 3-pointers, bolstered their NCAA Tournament hopes and ended the Jayhawks’ home winning streak at 51 games.

    “They played with house money today,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I’m sure Steve would say the same thing. They came in here with a free mind and said, ‘Let’s just let it go.'”

    No. 2 Baylor was unable to finish off a big rally in a 56-54 loss to Kansas State in Waco. Bears star Johnathan Motley had two chances to tie in the closing seconds, but missed one and had the other blocked by D.J. Johnson.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise came in Eugene, Oregon.

    Not that No. 13 Oregon knocked off No. 5 Arizona. The way the Ducks did it.

    Oregon jumped on the flat Wildcats early, building a 27-point lead in the first half behind a rash of 3-pointers. The Ducks hit 16 from behind the arc in the 85-58 victory, most since Mathew Knight Arena opened in 2011, and gave Arizona its worst loss under coach Sean Miller since 2009.

    It also extended Oregon’s nation-leading home win streak to 40 straight games, put an emphatic end to Arizona’s 15-game winning streak and pulled the Ducks into a tie atop the Pac-12.

    “I hope it’s their best,” Miller said. “If they have another level above that, that’s a bad thing for every team in the country. They played great and we didn’t have any answers today.”

    No. 4 Villanova handled St. John’s at home, 92-79. The Wildcats are now 22-2, 9-2 in the Big East.

    But No. 8 Kentucky was throttled at No. 24 Florida, 88-66, behind 21 points from Kasey Hill, 16 from Devin Robinson and 14 from Canyon Barry. It was Florida’s largest margin of victory over Kentucky ever.

    The Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 SEC) have now lost three of their last four games, including two in SEC play.

    Oklahoma State kept the upset run going with another unranked team winning on the road, knocking off No. 7 West Virginia 82-75 in Morgantown.

    Syracuse won as an unranked team, though did it at home, beating No. 9 Virginia 66-62 behind freshman Tyus Battle’s 23 points.

    The win was unofficially No. 1,000 for Orange coach Jim Boeheim, though the NCAA only counts it as 899 after stripping him of 101 wins in 2015 for punishment from a multiyear investigation into the school’s athletic department.

    No. 22 Creighton also lost to unranked Xavier — the Musketeers had been ranked most of the season — and No. 17 Maryland lost to No. 23 Purdue.

    No. 1 Gonzaga, meanwhile, kept on rolling.

    Jordan Mathews scored 16 points, Josh Perkins had 15 and the No. 1 Zags beat Santa Clara 90-55 on Saturday night, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 games.

    Zach Collins added 14 points and eight rebounds in Gonzaga’s first-ever home game as the nation’s top-ranked team. The Zags (24-0, 12-0 West Coast) shot 60 percent from the field and were in control almost right from the start.

    And to think, this is only the start of February. Wait until the madness of March.

    (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.