College basketball rankings: UH and Texas tumble, TCU climbs toward top 10

The Cougars are no longer the top-ranked team in the country.

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Marcus Sasser #0 of the Houston Cougars argues with the referee after being called for a foul against the Temple Owlsduring the first half at Fertitta Center on January 22, 2023 in Houston.

Marcus Sasser #0 of the Houston Cougars argues with the referee after being called for a foul against the Temple Owlsduring the first half at Fertitta Center on January 22, 2023 in Houston.

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It was a rough week for two Texas teams near the top of the college basketball rankings, but another program from the Lone Star State continued to rise in the latest Associated Press poll.

The University of Houston Cougars—who had been ranked No. 1 the last two weeks, and previously claimed the top spot in the poll for the first time in 39 years earlier this season—suffered a setback on Sunday with a 56-55 loss to unranked Temple. As a result, UH (18-2) fell to No. 3 in most recent rankings, which were unveiled Monday.

No. 1 Purdue and No. 2 Alabama, the latter of which handed Houston one of its two losses back in December, were the only teams ranked ahead of the Cougars in the latest AP poll. Tennessee and Kansas State rounded out the top five, while Arizona, Virginia, UCLA and Kansas took the No. 6 through No. 9 spots, respectively.

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Texas seemed to have an opportunity to climb toward the top of the rankings last week, sitting at No. 7 with a top-12 showdown looming against Iowa State. The Longhorns lost that game by 11, and despite a bounce-back win over West Virginia over the weekend, UT dropped to No. 10 on Monday.

While it wasn't the best weekend for Texas' two top-10 teams, a pair of the college basketball programs in the state did make some notable moves. TCU overcame a midweek loss to West Virginia by drubbing a top-10 Kansas squad 83-60 on Saturday, with the Horned Frogs moving up three spots to No. 11. Baylor jumped up four positions to No. 17 as it continued what is now a four-game winning streak.

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