Two wins in league play and the return of Isaiah Whitehead may have turned the heads of a few voters in the AP Poll after Seton Hall had all but slipped from consideration a week prior. The Pirates have just missed a ranking, but their 22 votes warrant the No. 27 spot just outside of the Top 25.
Based on how a lot of ranked teams from No. 15-25 have dropped games this season, wins at DePaul tomorrow night and Marquette at home on Saturday will probably be a enough for the Hall to enter the rankings for the second time this season.
Georgetown stays ranked at No. 24 after splitting games this past week while Butler moves up to No. 21 and Villanova holds at No. 7.
Sterling Gibbs was edged out by Kris Dunn in the conference's weekly Big East Player of the Week award after the Providence point guard recorded a triple double (nearly by halftime) against DePaul. Gibbs was not far behind but finds himself on the weekly Honor Roll instead.
Two horse race for Big East Player of Week? Kris Dunn: 50 pts, 12 asts (8 TOs), 17 rebs. Sterling Gibbs: 46 pts (8-16 3pt), 18 asts (4 TOs)— Chris McManus (@CerasolisGhost) February 1, 2015
The Hall's freshmen all had balanced weeks, but no one stood out with Trevon Bluiett taking Rookie of the Week. Bluiett tallied 19 against Seton Hall on Saturday and 11 against Georgetown.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||21-0||1625||1|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||18-3||1416||4|
|10||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||20-3||1072||8|
|11||Iowa State Cyclones||16-4||892||15|
|12||North Carolina Tar Heels||17-5||861||13|
|14||Northern Iowa Panthers||20-2||792||18|
|15||West Virginia Mountaineers||18-3||779||17|
|16||Wichita State Shockers||19-3||678||12|
|18||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||17-4||479||14|
|20||Ohio State Buckeyes||17-5||358||28|
|Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (15-5) 40; Seton Hall (15-6) 22; Arkansas (16-5) 21; Indiana (16-6) 18; San Diego State (17-5) 18; Colorado State (19-3) 11; Dayton (17-4) 9; Tulsa (16-5) 8; Xavier (14-8) 8; Stephen F. Austin (18-3) 5; Providence (16-6) 3; Stanford (15-6) 3; Murray State (19-4) 2; Louisiana Tech (17-5) 2; Oklahoma State (14-7) 2; Temple (15-7) 2; Georgia (14-6) 1; Michigan State (15-7) 1; Rhode Island (15-5) 1; Valparaiso (20-4) 1|