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Projected AP College Basketball Rankings, Week 8

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Projected AP college basketball rankings for Week 8. Here’s how we predict the top 25 will look.

It week filled with a few days of vacation for many of the top-25 teams, and man, the holidays couldn’t come soon enough.

Well, Oklahoma didn’t really get a break to decorate a tree or bake cookies. No, the Sooners were too busy picking up three wins against Washington State, Hawaii and Harvard.

With their star player, Denzel Valentine, hurt, the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans were pushed to the brink by Oakland but somehow managed to hang on in overtime to stay unbeaten.

And of course we got another exciting battle between the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals, and this one ended with yet another win for John Calipari and the Wildcats.

Below are our projected AP college basketball rankings for Week 8.

1. Michigan State (13-0), RPI: .6729

The Spartans were pushed to the limit by Oakland, but Michigan State survived in overtime, 99-93. It’s clear to see the loss of Denzel Valentine is already having an impact.

2. Kansas (10-1), RPI: .6152

The Jayhawks went on the road against San Diego State and claimed their 10th win of the season, beating the Aztecs, 70-57.

3. Oklahoma (11-0), RPI: .6532

For the fifth time in a row, the Sooners scored more than 80 points, picking up three big wins this past week. Oklahoma ran through Washington State, Hawaii and Harvard to stay unbeaten.

4. Maryland (11-1), RPI: .6146

It was a nice break for the Terrapins. Fresh off a holiday break, the Terps took down Marshall at home, 87-67, as four Terps scored in double figures.

5. Xavier (12-0), RPI: .7166

It was a little bit of a test for the Musketeers going up against Wake Forest, but Xavier was still able to hang onto the 78-70 win on the road.

6. Virginia (10-1), RPI: .6445
7. North Carolina (10-2), RPI: .6744
8. Arizona (12-1), RPI: .5872
9. Butler (10-1), RPI: .6257

10. Providence (12-1), RPI: .6440

11. Iowa State (10-1), RPI: .6663

12. Kentucky (10-2), RPI: .6523

13. Miami (FL) (10-1), RPI: .6349
14. Purdue (12-1), RPI: .6164

15. Duke (9-2), RPI: .6226

16. Villanova (9-2), RPI: .6745
17. SMU (11-0), RPI: .6542

18. West Virginia (10-1), RPI: .5886
19. Louisville (11-2), RPI: .6223

20. Texas A&M (9-2), RPI: .6447
21. Utah (10-2), RPI: .6142
22. Baylor (9-2), RPI: .5342
23. South Carolina (11-0), RPI: .6144
24. Oregon (10-2), RPI: .6319
25. George Washington (10-2), RPI: .6493

MORE: NCAA Basketball Rankings, Week 8: Power 32

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