After a brief, 7-year hiatus, the Arkansas Razorbacks are back inside the AP's top 25 college basketball poll.
It looked like the Hogs would need to beat SMU Tuesday night to get in, but enough teams fell out, and Arkansas won all three of their first games convincingly, and here we are. Now it appears the Razorbacks will have to beat SMU to stay in the rankings. The Mustangs were ranked in the preseason, but have struggled out of the gate with a 2-2 record, including a loss to unranked Indiana.
This is the first time the Hogs have been ranked since early in the 2007 season. That team was not ranked for long, as a loss to Providence in Puerto Rico knocked them out of the polls.
If both teams win this week, it's highly likely both Razorback football and basketball could be ranked at the same time next week. Did you think you could ever feel this way again?
Future Razorback opponents Kentucky (#1), Iowa State (#13), and Florida (#18) are also in the polls. Dayton is among the teams with a few votes.
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (62)||5-0||1,622|
|2||Wisconsin Badgers (3)||4-0||1,493|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||5-0||1,473|
|5||North Carolina Tar Heels||3-0||1,315|
|9||Wichita State Shockers||3-0||1,120|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||2-0||831|
|14||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||3-0||761|
|15||San Diego State Aztecs||3-0||735|
|16||Ohio State Buckeyes||3-0||557|
|20||Michigan State Spartans||2-1||400|
|21||West Virginia Mountaineers||5-0||345|
|Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 109, Stanford 80, Providence 63, Utah 38, Minnesota 21, Northern Iowa 17, Rhode Island 16, Syracuse 15, Oklahoma St 14, Memphis 10, Georgetown 10, Baylor 7, Indiana 6, California 5, Nebraska 5, Illinois 5, Cincinnati 4, NC State 4, Wyoming 4, UTEP 3, Maryland 3, Dayton 3, BYU 2, Northeastern 1, Xavier 1|
|15||San Diego State||3-0||348||0||16||1||16/17|
|Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 42; Arkansas 35; Utah 27; Syracuse 26; Georgetown 23; Notre Dame 20; Nebraska 17; Oregon 11; Baylor 10; Creighton 9; Minnesota 9; Oklahoma State 8; Northern Iowa 6; California 6; Indiana 5; Texas-El Paso 5; Iowa 4; Colorado 4; Charlotte 4; Louisiana Tech 3; George Washington 3; Saint Mary's 3; Wyoming 3; Rhode Island 2; Kansas State 2; Memphis 2; LSU 1; Illinois 1; Southern Methodist 1.|