New AP Top 25

By Jeff Lippman - November 19, 2007

After beating No. 21 Texas like the Longhorns just disrespected Candace Parker's mama, the Tennessee Lady Vols remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation.

And where did Texas fall? Out of the Top 25, right? No, apparently losing to Tennessee by 25 points was expected and therefore the 'Horns remain firmly hooked to the No. 21 spot in the rankings.

The Top 3 teams in the country remained unchanged at UT, UConn and Maryland - who is coming off their big WNIT Championship victory over now-No. 6 LSU, who fell two spaces with the loss. If LSU dropped two spots, Texas deserved the same treatment.

North Carolina has been fairly impressive thus far this season and their 5-0 record coupled with that big win over Arizona State in Chapel Hill a few weeks back have the 'Heels back inside the Top 5 at the No. 5 spot. And despite needing double overtime to beat Utah, Stanford climbed another rung to No. 4.

Here's an interesting turn of did Rutgers fall a spot after their dismantling of then-No. 14 George Washington Sunday in Washington D.C.?

Sure the Scarlet Knights lost by two to Stanford last Sunday, but the Cardinal almost got beat by unranked Utah! And North Carolina didn't really do anything to warrant a two-spot jump. And LSU lost! So how did the Scarlet Knights fall a spot? I feel like they should have gained, if anything.

And rounding out the Top 10 is Duke and Oklahoma, who flip-flopped their positions from last week, with the Dukies grabbing the No. 9 spot and the Sooners, despite having an 0-2 record - they played Tennessee and Maryland - are at No. 10.

Taking the biggest climb in the rankings is DePaul, who went from No. 24 to the 18 spot with a big victory over Florida State this week.

Two teams are making their first appearances in the Top 25. For one, Purdue, who weighs in at No. 22, I believe it won't be long lived, but for No. 24 Auburn and their star junior DeWanna Bonner, who is averaging 21 points and near 10 boards per game thus far in three wins for the Tigers, I think they will be mainstays in the AP Poll and will make a lot of noise in the SEC.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:46 PM on November 19, 2007

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