The Oklahoma State Cowboys picked up two key Quad 1 wins this week, and it gets them safely into the Top 20 of the latest AP college basketball poll.
The No. 17 Pokes beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma Sooners, and will have a chance to improve their status with another game against OU tonight, and matchups with Baylor and West Virginia to close out the regular season in the Big 12.
Ohio State has lost three in a row in the brutal Big Ten, falling to No. 2 Michigan and No. 5 Iowa home, and a head-scratching loss to unranked Michigan State on the road. But the Buckeyes only fell from No. 4 to No. 7 in the poll. That seems pretty generous for a team so strongly trending down.
The big winner is No. 4 Illinois, who now puts themselves in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament thanks to a key win at No. 25 Wisconsin without star guard Ayo Dosumnu on Saturday.
The biggest freefall deservedly goes to Virginia, who has lost three in a row including at home to lowly N.C. State. The Hoos go from No. 15 to No. 21, which still might be a bit ambitious considering their current form.
Here is the complete AP College Basketball Poll for March 1st:
AP Poll March 1
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