The Notre Dame Fighting made the biggest jump of any men’s basketball team in the AP Top 25, moving up eight spots to No. 5 in the poll on Monday.
With North Carolina dropping after its loss Sunday night, the Irish are the second-highest ranked ACC team behind Duke. Notre Dame was ranked No. 13 in the poll last week.
The Irish were able to rise eight spots because of their impressive comeback victory against No. 6 Wichita State last Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational title. Notre Dame led the game for a mere 22 seconds, but Mike Brey’s club erased a 14-point halftime deficit to come back and win, 67-66. That improve the Irish to 6-0.
That’s really the only close game Notre Dame has played early this season. The Irish also beat Chaminade and LSU in the Maui Invitational, and they won those games by an average margin of 33 points. Other than the narrow victory against the Shockers, the Irish have scored at least 72 points in every game, and they have posted more than 80 points in 4 of 6 contests this season.
But if Notre Dame is going to stay in the top 5, they will have to earn it. The Irish will visit No. 3 Michigan State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Spartans lost to Duke a couple weeks ago, but they beat No. 13 North Carolina, 63-45, on Sunday night.
2017-18 college basketball AP Top 25 on Nov. 27
- Michigan State
- Notre Dame
- Wichita State
- Texas A&M
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Arizona State
- Texas Tech