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With its 77-70 victory Sunday, Michigan State not only moved ahead of its in-state rival in the Big Ten standings, it also moved ahead in the Associated Press Top 25.

Michigan State (23-5) moved up four spots to No. 6 in the poll released Monday, while Michigan (24-4) dropped two spots to No. 9.

It’s the first time the Spartans are ranked ahead of the Wolverines since the poll’s second week (Nov. 12), when Michigan State was ranked No. 11, and Michigan No 18.

More importantly, the Spartans own a slim half-game lead in the Big Ten standings ahead of Purdue, and a one-game lead over the Wolverines.

Gonzaga is back atop the poll.

The Zags moved up a spot to begin a second stint at No. 1 this season, both times replacing Duke at the top. Gonzaga (27-2) spent two weeks at No. 1 after beating the Blue Devils to win the Maui Invitational in November.

Virginia moved up a spot to No. 2, while the Blue Devils fell to third after losing at home to rival North Carolina — which climbed to a season-high fifth behind Kentucky.

Michigan State, Tennessee, Houston, Michigan and Marquette rounded out the top 10.

Preseason No. 1 Kansas fell to 15th, the Jayhawks’ lowest ranking since January 2014.

Wofford checked in at No. 24 for its first AP poll appearance in program history.

In the coaches' poll, Michigan State is up three spots to No. 8, and Michigan is down three spots to No. 10.

Associated Press Men's Top 25

 

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Gonzaga (44)

27-2

1569

2

2. Virginia (15)

24-2

1513

3

3. Duke (3)

24-3

1502

1

4. Kentucky (2)

23-4

1418

4

5. North Carolina

22-5

1326

8

6. Michigan State

23-5

1232

10

7. Tennessee

24-3

1190

5

8. Houston

26-1

1145

9

9. Michigan

24-4

1057

7

10. Marquette

23-4

1019

11

11. Texas Tech

22-5

938

14

12. Nevada

25-2

883

6

13. LSU

22-5

836

13

14. Purdue

20-7

820

15

15. Kansas

20-7

580

12

16. Kansas State

21-6

559

23

17. Maryland

21-7

549

24

18. Florida State

21-6

501

16

19. Wisconsin

19-8

466

22

20. Virginia Tech

21-6

392

20

21. Buffalo

24-3

288

25

22. Iowa

21-6

278

21

23. Cincinnati

23-4

263

24. Wofford

24-4

112

25. Washington

22-5

92

Others receiving votes: Louisville 90, Villanova 63, Iowa State 58, Mississippi State 28, Auburn 16, Baylor 10, VCU 4, Old Dominion 2, New Mexico State 1

Coaches' Men's Top 25

 

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Gonzaga (26)

27-2

792

2

T2. Duke        

24-3    

733

1

T2. Virginia (2)

24-2    

733    

3

4. Kentucky (4)

23-4

726    

4

5. North Carolina

22-5

657

9

6. Houston

26-1

600

8

7. Tennessee    

24-3

586

5

8. Michigan State

23-5

582

11

9. Marquette

23-4

526

10

10. Michigan

24-4

498

7

11. Texas Tech

22-5

454

14

12. Purdue

20-7

445

13

13. Nevada

25-2

425

6

14. LSU

22-5

382

15

15. Kansas State

21-6

291

21

16. Kansas

20-7

269

12

17. Florida State

21-6

266

17

18. Wisconsin

19-8

223

23

19. Virginia Tech

21-6

206

18

20. Maryland

21-7

204

25

21. Iowa

21-6

189

19

22. Cincinnati

23-4

173

25

23. Buffalo

24-3

138

24

24. Louisville

18-10

71    

22

T25. Wofford

T25. Washington

24-4

22-5

50

50

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Others receiving votes: Iowa State 49, Villanova 40, Mississippi State 18, Baylor 7, Auburn 6, Furman 5, Arizona State 4, Florida 1, Hofstra 1

 

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