The 2017-2018 men’s college basketball season was full of the unexpected, ranging from major upsets nearly every week to the dramatic rise and fall of various teams.
Most notably was Virginia’s climb from being an unranked team to contend in the Atlantic Coast Conference and then become the unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 of the season as well as secure the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The AP Top 25 ended up with four teams holding the top ranking this season, with Villanova spending a season-high eight weeks in two stints there. Preseason No. 1 Duke held the spot for five weeks, Michigan State made a one-week appearance there and then Virginia spent the last five weeks at No. 1.
And among the wildest swings of the season, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M all pushed into the top 5 at some point only to end up unranked in the season’s final poll. The Sun Devils were No. 3 and the Aggies were No. 5 in the Christmas Day poll, while the Sooners hit No. 4 on Jan. 15.