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Unbeaten Michigan climbs to No. 7 in AP college basketball poll; Michigan State drops out

Detroit News staff and wires

Michigan continues to climb the college basketball rankings. Michigan State, meanwhile, continues to fall.

The Wolverines (10-0) moved up three spots to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press Top 25, released Monday, after a dominating victory over Minnesota on Wednesday.

Michigan is up to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Spartans (8-4), who peaked at No. 4 on Dec. 7, dropped out of this week's poll after Friday night's 55-54 loss to Purdue. Michigan State was ranked No. 23 last week.

Gonzaga and Baylor remain atop poll for the seventh consecutive week in the regular season.

The Zags received 63 of 64 first-place votes from a national media panel in the poll released Monday and the Bears had the other one. Villanova, Texas and Iowa rounded out a top 5 that remained the same from last week.

Gonzaga (12-0) had two games last week and turned both into routs, beating BYU 86-69 and Portland 116-88. The Zags have won 16 straight, dating to last season.

Baylor (11-0) beat Oklahoma and TCU last week to hold at No. 2.

No. 25 Connecticut moved into the poll for the first time since reaching No. 18 in 2016-17.

Ohio State returned to the rankings at No. 21, while Rutgers and Florida State tumbled out from Nos. 15 and 25.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Gonzaga (63 first-place votes), 12-0, 1,599 points (last week: 1)

2. Baylor (1), 11-0, 1536 (2)

3. Villanova, 8-1, 1436 (3)

4. Texas, 10-1, 1422 (4)

5. Iowa, 11-2, 1322 (5)

6. Kansas, 10-2, 1220 (6)

7. Michigan, 10-0, 1161 (10)

8. Creighton, 10-2, 1151 (7)

9. Wisconsin, 10-2, 1110 (8)

10. Tennessee, 9-1, 1093 (9)

11. Houston, 10-1, 993 (11)

12. Clemson, 9-1, 747 (19)

13. West Virginia, 9-4, 701 (14)

14. Illinois, 9-4, 694 (12)

15. Texas Tech, 10-3, 689 (18)

16. Louisville, 8-1, 464 (NR)

17. Missouri, 7-2, 436 (13)

18. Virginia, 7-2, 403 (22)

19. Duke, 5-2, 397 (21)

20. Virginia Tech, 9-2, 286 (19)

21. Ohio State, 9-3, 280 (NR)

22. Oregon, 9-2, 264 (17)

23. Minnesota, 10-4, 233 (16)

24. Saint Louis, 7-1, 220 (23)

25. UConn, 6-1, 181 (NR)

Others receiving votes: Alabama 173, UCLA 137, Colorado 96, Florida St. 74, Southern Cal 48, Rutgers 46, Drake 42, Michigan State 34, Oklahoma St. 28, Arkansas 24, San Diego St. 10, Boise St. 8, Florida 7, Xavier 7, LSU 7, Northwestern 6, Tulsa 5, NC State 5, Indiana 2, Winthrop 2, Belmont 1.