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Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas remain top 3 in AP poll

Jim O'Connell
Associated Press

For the third straight week, Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas are the top three teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

It is the fourth week at No. 1 for Gonzaga (28-0), the only unbeaten team in Division I. The Zags received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

Villanova (26-2) received five first-place votes and Kansas (24-3), which beat West Virginia and Baylor last week, got the other No. 1 vote.

Michigan (17-10) received one point this week, following a week in which it defeated then-No. 11 Wisconsin in Ann Arbor and lost in overtime at Minnesota. Michigan State (16-11) is unranked.

The three teams from the Pac-12 — Arizona, UCLA and Oregon — are fourth through sixth. Louisville is seventh, followed by North Carolina, Baylor and Duke.

Baylor, which lost to Texas Tech and Kansas, dropped five places from fourth.

Wichita State makes its first Top 25 appearance since last season. The Shockers replace South Carolina, which fell out after a five-week run in the poll.

Kentucky moved up two spots to 11th and is followed by West Virginia, Florida, Purdue, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, SMU, Virginia, Florida State and Saint Mary’s.

The last five ranked teams are Notre Dame, Butler, Creighton, Maryland and Wichita State.

The Shockers (25-4), who were ranked for six weeks last season, enter the poll on a 10-game winning streak, and they are tied with Illinois State at 15-1 for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

South Carolina (20-7) dropped out from 21st after losing to Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week.

Two top 10 matchups highlight the week’s double-ranked games.

On Wednesday, No. 7 Louisville is at No. 8 North Carolina, and on Saturday, No. 5 UCLA is at No. 4 Arizona.

Second-ranked Villanova has two games against ranked teams this week, hosting No. 22 Butler on Wednesday and No. 23 Creighton on Saturday.

The other double-ranked game is No. 13 Florida at No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday.

Associated Press Top 25

 

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Gonzaga (59)

28-0

1618

1

2. Villanova (5)

26-2

1556

2

3. Kansas (1)

24-3

1503

3

4. Arizona

25-3

1356

5

5. UCLA

24-3

1316

6

6. Oregon

24-4

1297

7

7. Louisville

22-5

1267

8

8. North Carolina

23-5

1138

10

9. Baylor

22-5

1108

4

10. Duke

22-5

1014

12

11. Kentucky

22-5

943

13

12. West Virginia

21-6

908

9

13. Florida

22-5

822

15

14. Purdue

22-5

807

16

15. Cincinnati

24-3

733

18

16. Wisconsin

22-5

713

11

17. SMU

24-4

554

19

18. Virginia

18-8

427

14

19. Florida State

21-6

419

17

20. Saint Mary’s

24-3

375

22

21. Notre Dame

21-7

322

25

22. Butler

21-6

295

24

23. Creighton

22-5

178

20

24. Maryland

22-5

159

23

25. Wichita State

25-4

153

Others receiving votes: VCU 39, Northwestern 25, Iowa State 22, South Carolina 12, Southern Cal 10, Dayton 9, Middle Tennessee 8, Oklahoma State 7, Minnesota 5, Miami 2, Monmouth (N.J.) 2, Michigan 1, Vermont 1, Virginia Tech 1.

USA Today Top 25

 

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Gonzaga (29)

28-0

797

1

2. Villanova (3)

26-2

768

2

3. Kansas

24-3

738

3

4. Arizona

25-3

665

6

5. UCLA

24-3

654

5

6. Louisville

22-5

620

7

7. Oregon

24-4

618

8

8. North Carolina

23-5

566

9

9. Baylor

22-5

534

4

10. Kentucky

22-5

493

11

11. Duke

22-5

446

14

12. Florida

22-5

421

13

13. West Virginia

21-6

413

12

14. Purdue

22-5

392

16

15. Wisconsin

22-5

354

10

16. Cincinnati

24-3

331

17

17. Notre Dame

21-7

250

20

18. Saint Mary’s

24-3

211

21

19. Virginia

18-8

196

15

20. Florida State

21-6

195

18

21. SMU

24-4

186

23

22. Butler

21-6

153

25

23. Creighton

22-5

111

22

24. Maryland

22-5

95

24

25. Wichita State

25-4

52

Others receiving votes: South Carolina 37, Southern Cal 26, Northwestern 19, Iowa State 15, Miami 11, Xavier 11, Middle Tennessee 10, Dayton 6, California 4, Kansas State 1, VCU 1.