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Oregon basketball nearly falls out of AP Top 25 in latest poll

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NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational-Oregon at Georgetown Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

First, they were ranked No. 4 to begin the season. Then, they lost to Baylor, dropping them to No. 13. Next, they lost to Georgetown in Maui, dropping them even further, all the way down to No. 23.

It hasn’t been a pretty start to the season for the Oregon Ducks basketball team, who had high preseason expectations. The Ducks barely squeezed into the AP Top 25 this week after their second loss in six games.

Oregon tied Indiana for the biggest fall in this week’s poll, with both schools dropping 10 spots from last week’s rankings. The Hoosiers fell from No. 3 to No. 13 after a shocking loss to Fort Wayne.

Now, the Ducks will try and rebound from a rocky start to the season. The schedule turns in their favor, playing at home for the next month. Aside from a “neutral” site game against UNLV at the Moda Center in Portland, the Ducks won't go on the road until they head to Seattle on January 4 to take on the Huskies.

Here is the full AP Top 25 this week:

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 6-0 1,590
2 Villanova (20) 6-0 1,567
3 North Carolina (4) 7-0 1,497
4 Kansas 5-1 1,414
5 Duke 6-1 1,365
6 Virginia 6-0 1,286
7 Xavier 6-0 1,181
8 Gonzaga 6-0 1,112
9 Baylor (1) 6-0 1,068
10 Creighton 6-0 965
11 UCLA 7-0 955
12 Saint Mary's 5-0 866
13 Indiana 4-1 857
14 Louisville 5-1 808
15 Purdue 5-1 687
16 Arizona 5-1 655
17 Wisconsin 5-2 555
18 Butler 6-0 506
19 Iowa State 5-1 389
20 South Carolina 6-0 379
21 Rhode Island 5-1 354
22 Syracuse 4-1 229
23 Oregon 4-2 189
24 Florida 6-1 154
25 West Virginia 4-1 132
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan State 28, Ohio State 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, USC 7, Houston 6, Florida State 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee State 2, Virginia Tech 1, Arkansas State 1, San Diego State 1, Colorado 1, Minnesota 1, Rutgers 1