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TCU Basketball Falls Out of AP Top 25

The close losses finally caught up to the Frogs, who are unranked for the first time in nine weeks.

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A big win over Iowa State at home wasn’t enough to offset a loss to unranked Kansas State on the road, and it cost the Frogs a spot in the AP Top 25 in the process. TCU, which debuted in the rankings in week four, fell out completely after being ranked as high as tenth earlier in the season.

The Frogs hung around the bottom half of the Top 25 despite close losses to Oklahoma (twice), Kansas, and Texas. But Saturday’s nail-biter against unranked K State proved too much to overcome, and now TCU finds itself outside the sweet spot at the midpoint of the conference run.

It was a bad week for the Big 12 overall, as several of the top teams lost, and thus, lost ground. WVU fell to seventh after a 1-1 week, while Oklahoma (12th) and Texas Tech (14th) plummeted out of the top ten after disappointing weeks. No other conference team is ranked, though the Frogs are receiving votes.

TCU was one of four teams to fall out of the Top 25 this week, including, notably, Kentucky, which is unranked for the first time in 68 weeks. Villanova is the country’s number one team, with Virginia, Purdue, and Duke rounding out the top five in front of Kansas. Michigan State, Xavier, Cincinnati, and North Carolina round out the top ten.

You do not have to be ranked to go dancing, but you do need to win games in conference play. TCU will have a chance to do just that tonight, and make a statement in the process, when they host the number seven Mountaineers as part of ESPN’s Big Monday.