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Rant Sports Week 8 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings

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Top 25 Rankings

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Conference play is almost here. There have been many players who have gotten off to amazing starts and there have been many teams that have done the same. I am sure less players will put up huge numbers once conference play does actually begin, but that remains to be seen. Regardless, let’s take a look at the Week 8 college basketball top 25 rankings.

No team in the top five lost, which means the top five will not look any different. There is, however, a lot of change outside of the top 10. That tends to happen when ranked teams beat each other and when other teams pull off upsets.

Texas got a huge win over North Carolina, but ended up losing to Michigan State in the very next game. Still, the Longhorns will be joining the top 25 thanks to their fast start. Up until this point, they have been underrated to say the least.

Wichita State has passed every test so far and remains undefeated. There are still plenty of other undefeated teams, but the Shockers have a legit shot at going undefeated this season. That is because they play in a weaker conference that no longer has the Creighton Bluejays. Plus, Wichita State is one of the best teams in the country.

Jabari Parker and the Duke Blue Devils have been impressive as of late and the same thing can be said about the full strength Florida Gators, who will finally have Chris Walker back here shortly.

Well, check out the latest edition of the college basketball top 25 rankings for Week 8.

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25. Missouri Tigers

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The Missouri Tigers were handed their first loss of the season, but it was against an underrated Illinois team by one point. Still, the Tigers have been great so far and should challenge for an SEC title.

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24. Iowa Hawkeyes

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Iowa may have two losses, but both came against very good teams. Watch out for this team once Big Ten play starts.

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23. Texas Longhorns

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Texas was one of the hottest teams in the nation before losing to Michigan State. Still, it managed to beat North Carolina by three points in the game before that.

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22. Massachusetts Minutemen

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Massachusetts finally lost and that loss came against Florida State. The Seminoles have surprisingly been a very good team, so this is not a bad loss or anything like that.

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21. Colorado Buffaloes

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It would not surprise me if the Colorado Buffaloes made a run to the Final Four this year. That is how much talent they have, but they will have to go through a tough Pac-12 Conference first.

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20. Memphis Tigers

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Memphis had one the most talented backcourts coming into the 2013-14 college basketball season and that has been evident so far.

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19. San Diego State Aztecs

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San Diego State continues to win, as it is on an eight-game winning streak. Kansas is soon, so it will be interesting to see if the Aztecs can come away with the victory.

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18. North Carolina Tar Heels

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P.J. Hairston no longer being on the team or not, North Carolina can finally move on and worry about the players who are actually on the court.

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17. Kansas Jayhawks

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Kansas has quietly beaten two solid opponents ever since dropping two straight. The Jayhawks’ last two victories have come against New Mexico and Georgetown.

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16. Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky will play Louisville next and it really could use a win against a team that is actually ranked. A win for the Wildcats would give this young and talented team some much needed confidence and would have them back in the conversation for a national title.

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15. Florida Gators

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The Florida Gators could be the best team in the nation, yet they come in at No. 15. That is because they already have two losses--against two ranked opponents--but they have beaten two top 20 teams in the past two games.

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14. Baylor Bears

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Baylor may have missed out on the NCAA tournament last season, but that should definitely not be the case this year. The Bears have been challenged in their non-conference schedule, which means they should be more than ready for Big 12 play.

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13. Iowa State Cyclones

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Iowa State recorded another quality win by knocking off Boise State on Christmas. No, the Broncos were not ranked coming into that game, but they are expected to challenge for a MWC title.

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12. Connecticut Huskies

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The Huskies lost their first game of the season by two points against Stanford. They followed that up with a victory against Washington.

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11. Villanova Wildcats

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Villanova has the chance to beat its second top five team of the season when it takes on Syracuse on Dec. 28. The Wildcats will move all the way up to the top five if they can pull off the victory.

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10. Oregon Ducks

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Oregon continues to win and it also continues to have the highest scoring offense in college hoops.

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9. Wichita State Shockers

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I am not sure when the Wichita State Shockers will lose, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them going undefeated this season.

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8. Duke Blue Devils

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Jabari Parker is the best player in the nation right now. As a result, the Duke Blue Devils are one of the best teams, which they proved by knocking off another solid opponent in the UCLA Bruins.

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7. Louisville Cardinals

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Louisville has been very quiet this season. Well, the Cardinals will play Kentucky next, so that could change very soon.

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6. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Oklahoma State knocked off a very good Colorado team, which means it has now beaten two ranked opponents. The Cowboys should be the team to beat entering Big 12 play.

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5. Michigan State Spartans

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Michigan State may have lost to North Carolina, who lost to Texas, but it managed to beat the Longhorns. Quite the love triangle or whatever you want to call it right there.

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4. Wisconsin Badgers

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The Wisconsin Badgers should take their undefeated record into conference play. First up will be the Northwestern Wildcats, but Wisconsin has one more game before that can happen.

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3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Just like Wisconsin, the Ohio State Buckeyes should be undefeated when Big Ten play starts. And just like Wisconsin, Ohio State has one more game before that can happen.

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2. Syracuse Orange

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Syracuse has been great so far, but beating the undefeated Villanova Wildcats would be the cherry on top. At least for the time being.

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1. Arizona Wildcats

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Arizona will enter Pac-12 play undefeated once again. This year, however, it should only lose a couple of games in the conference.

This is the No. 1 team in the country and it is the favorite--by far--to win the Pac-12.