Alabama’s gorgeous loss leads upsets in packed weekend

Purdue held sturdy this week atop the faculty basketball world, however there was a large loss proper under them within the SEC/Huge 12 Problem.

Right here’s the whole lot you missed in Week 12 of the season, and the newest Related Press males’s school basketball ballot.

Alabama’s wild blowout loss ends dominant stretch

Alabama has already confirmed it is received probably the greatest groups within the nation. The Crimson Tide, who had climbed as excessive as second within the rankings, had loads of marquee wins on their resume even earlier than Saturday’s exhibiting in Norman.

That’s why their blowout loss was so stunning.

Oklahoma surprised Alabama 93-69 as a part of the SEC/Huge 12 Problem on Saturday, ending a three-game shedding skid in what was by far the Sooners’ greatest win of the season.

Alabama shot simply shy of 38% from the sector as a workforce within the loss and made a mixed six 3-pointers. There was a stretch within the second half the place Oklahoma mounted a large 16-2 run over practically eight minutes, too.

In consequence, Alabama dropped two spots this week to No. 4.

“It doesn’t have any impact on SEC standings, which is the one good factor to return out of this,” Alabama coach Nate Oats stated, by way of The Related Press. “Hopefully, we are going to get better from a loss out of convention, however, you realize, it’s not good. We wanted the SEC to do properly on this Huge 12 problem. We clearly didn’t do our job on it.”

Alabama was one in every of a number of notable groups who fell this previous week. Tennessee powered previous Texas behind 27 factors from Olivier Nkamhoua, which jumped the Vols as much as No. 2. The loss was Texas’ fourth of the season, and second in 4 video games, although it did not transfer on this week’s ballot.

UCLA stumbled once more, too, after final week’s loss to Arizona. USC beat the Bruins by 13 on Thursday evening, handing them their second straight loss after a formidable 14-game win streak. They fell to No. 9 this week.

Oklahoma Sooners forward Tanner Groves

Oklahoma beat Alabama by 24 factors on Saturday within the SEC/Huge 12 Problem in what was simply the Sooners’ greatest win of the season. (Alonzo Adams/USA At this time)

Charleston’s run ends, Kansas lastly snaps skid

Charleston’s unimaginable run has come to an finish.

Hofstra knocked off the Cougars 85-81 on Friday evening, formally ending their 20-game win streak that launched them into the rankings out of nowhere. Aaron Estrada dropped 25 factors for the Satisfaction, all however two of which got here within the first half, and so they held on within the ultimate minutes to edge out the four-point win in South Carolina.

Charleston’s final loss got here again in November, when it fell to then-No. 1 North Carolina in simply its second recreation of the season. Saturday’s loss then dropped the Cougars out of the rankings fully. They acquired 68 votes within the ballot, which makes them unofficially No. 27.

Kansas, however, lastly managed to cease the bleeding.

The Jayhawks ended their brutal three-game shedding streak on Saturday with a highway win over Kentucky. That got here after losses to Kansas State, TCU and Baylor. Although all have been ranked, a fourth-straight loss would have been the worst within the Invoice Self period.

Kansas really moved up one spot within the rankings to No. 8.

It’s not going to get any simpler for the Jayhawks, both. They’ll host No. 7 Kansas State subsequent on Tuesday earlier than video games in opposition to No. 13 Iowa State and No. 10 Texas on Saturday and Monday, which can conclude a stretch of seven ranked opponents in eight video games.

Full AP High 25

The complete AP High 25 ballot from Monday, Jan. 30:

1. Purdue (21-1)

2. Tennessee (18-3)

3. Houston (20-2)

4. Alabama (18-3)

5. Arizona (19-3)

6. Virginia (16-3)

7. Kansas State (18-3)

8. Kansas (17-4)

9. UCLA (17-4)

10. Texas (17-4)

11. Baylor (16-5)

12. Gonzaga (18-4)

13. Iowa State (15-5)

14. Marquette (17-5)

15. TCU (16-5)

16. Xavier (17-5)

17. Windfall (17-5)

18. Saint Mary’s (19-4)

19. FAU (21-1)

20. Clemson (18-4)

21. Indiana (15-6)

22. San Diego State (17-4)

23. Miami (16-5)

24. UConn (16-6)

25. Auburn (16-5)

Others receiving votes: Missouri 74, Charleston 68, Illinois 56, Creighton 51, New Mexico 47, North Carolina 47, North Carolina State 39, Boise State 31, Duke 24, Rutgers 17, Texas A&M 16, Northwestern 13, Memphis 10, Arkansas 9, Pittsburgh 9, West Virginia 2, Nevada 2, Oral Roberts 2, Saint Louis 1

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