How Lady Vols writer Cora Hall voted in the AP Top 25: Top-10 shakeup as regular season ends


It wouldn’t be the last week of the regular season without a little chaos and a few upsets.

Half of my top 10 lost last week to shake things up going into conference tournaments. One team that didn’t was South Carolina, which beat Tennessee to finish a second straight undefeated regular season. With a new starting lineup in a season that many thought would be a rebuild, the Gamecocks have been perfect.

They’ve been No. 1 on my ballot since the first week and have been nothing short of dominant this season.

How the top 10 changed after No. 2 goes down

Ohio State had a good run at No. 2, but with a loss to Iowa on Sunday, the Buckeyes dropped to No. 4. The Hawkeyes are up to No. 8 on my ballot after sitting at No. 11 last week, which was the only time they slipped outside of my top 10 all season after losing to Indiana. But Iowa is back up after Caitlin Clark, who broke Pete Maravich’s NCAA Division I scoring record Sunday, led it to a revenge win at home.

Stanford jumps up to No. 2 after a win over Oregon State. The Beavers are still without star forward Raegan Beers and it was still a close game, but UCLA lost to Oregon State after it lost Beers early in the game. Plus, USC went to two overtimes against Arizona last week, so I left the Trojans at No. 3 this week after the near-loss.

Texas drops to No. 6 after losing to Oklahoma by one point. The officiating was not good by any stretch of the imagination, but the Longhorns also gave up way too many offensive rebounds and opportunities to the Sooners at the end. Oklahoma followed the win with a loss to Kansas, so it only rose to No. 16 on my ballot.

Mar 3, 2024; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) shoots a three point basket as Ohio State Buckeyes guard Jacy Sheldon (4) defends during the first quarter at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey…

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