Update: FSU has moved up a spot to No. 9 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.
In a light week of work, the No. 10 Florida State men’s basketball team (14-2, 4-1) held serve, winning its only game of the week, at Wake Forest.
The biggest game of the week saw No. 4 Baylor travel to Lawrence and stomp No. 3 Kansas, but I kinda doubt the Jayhawks will get punished too severely for losing to a top-five Bears team that began the week by winning at No. 22 Texas Tech.
But No. 8 Michigan State losing at Purdue will affect FSU, as the Spartans deserve to drop. Listen, lots of teams lose in West Lafayette— but doing so by 29 is another story for Sparty.
Early in the week, it looked like No. 12 Maryland could pass the ’Noles after beating No. 11 Ohio State. But then the Terps went ahead and lost at Iowa. And then the Buckeyes lost again, dropping their fourth straight by decisively falling to Indiana on Saturday— a nice strength-of-schedule result for Florida State, which last lost to the Hoosiers.
So this is it: with MSU falling, FSU will remain at No. 10 if passed by UMD, but will move up to No. 9 if Maryland stays behind Florida State.
There’ll be more carnage lower in the rankings, as six of the teams ranked 18-25 lost at least one game. No. 18 Virginia and No. 20 Penn State each went 0-2 against unranked teams. No. 22 Texas Tech dropped a pair of contests too, but at least they were to the aforementioned Baylor, as well as to No. 17 West Virginia. And although one of No. 24 Arizona’s losses came at No. 9 Oregon in a close game, the Wildcats also lost at Oregon State.
Turning to KenPom, FSU is down a spot from this time last week, dipping from 13th to 14th, overall. Offensively, the Seminoles dropped to 28th from 27th a week ago, while improving defensively from 19th to 17th. But the ’Noles rose in the NET rankings from last week, when they were 21st. They’re now 15th.