Michigan State slips in Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll

Detroit News staff and wires

Michigan State's first loss since late November cost the Spartans their spot the Associated Press top 10.

Michigan State (14-3, 5-1) tumbled four spots in Monday's updated Top 25, checking in at No. 14. Michigan State saw its nine-game winning streak snapped with a 64-62 loss to Northwestern. The loss gave the Spartans a split last week, following a 71-69 victory over Minnesota.

Max Christie and Michigan State dropped to No. 14 in this week's Associated Press Top 25.

A wild week of upsets led to big changes in the AP Top 25. Amid the chaos, a familiar team returned to the top.

Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga climbed back to the top of the poll, ending Baylor’s five-week run. The Bulldogs had 25 first-place votes, 11 fewer than No. 2 Auburn, but edged the Tigers in overall points to take the top spot.

Auburn has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1999-2000 after moving up two spots. Arizona, Purdue and Baylor rounded out the top five.

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Gonzaga (14-2, 3-0 West Coast) continued its roll since losing to Alabama on Dec. 4, stretching its winning streak to seven games with blowouts over BYU and Santa Clara last week.

The rest of the AP Top 25 didn’t fare quite as well, with 13 teams losing, including nine on Saturday. Eight teams lost to unranked opponents.

Baylor’s tenure at the top ended with losses to No. 18 Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. It was the first time the Bears lost consecutive home games in nearly six years and ended the reigning national champions’ winning streak at 21 games.

No. 16 Southern California also saw its undefeated season come to a crashing end with losses to Stanford and Oregon sandwiched around a win over Oregon State. Seton Hall dropped out of the poll from No. 20 after losing to DePaul and Marquette.

“They’re not very happy,” Bears senior Matthew Mayer said when asked the mood of the Baylor coaches.

Neither are UCLA’s. The Bruins climbed to No. 3 in last week’s poll and dropped six spots this week after losing 84-81 to Oregon in overtime. The win was the 700th of Ducks coach Dana Altman’s career and dropped UCLA six spots to No. 9 in this week’s poll.

“You’re either humbled and hungry like they were trying to pull off the so-called upset, or you’re arrogant without cause because we’ve won nothing,” an incensed UCLA coach Mick Cronin said.

No. 17 Illinois had the week’s biggest climb, moving up eight spots after beating Nebraska and Michigan. No. 12 Kentucky climbed six spots after beating Vanderbilt 78-66 and blowing out No. 24 Tennessee 107-79.

No. 8 Wisconsin moved up five places following a 78-68 win over No. 19 Ohio State.

No. 16 USC had the biggest drop, losing 11 places and UCLA was next at six.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Gonzaga (25 first-place votes), 14-2, 1486 points (last week: 2)

2. Auburn (36), 16-1, 1482 (4)

3. Arizona, 14-1, 1320 (6)

4. Purdue, 14-2, 1255 (7)

5. Baylor, 15-2, 1238 (1)

6. Duke, 14-2, 1205 (8)

7. Kansas, 14-2, 1192 (9)

8. Wisconsin, 14-2, 1056 (13)

9. UCLA, 11-2, 1041 (3)

10. Houston, 15-2, 1036 (11)

11. Villanova, 13-4, 908 (14)

12. Kentucky, 14-3, 804 (18)

13. LSU, 15-2, 738 (12)

14. Michigan State, 14-3, 681 (10)

15. Iowa State, 14-3, 665 (15)

16. Southern Cal, 14-2, 618 (5)

17. Illinois, 13-3, 521 (25)

18. Texas Tech, 13-4, 509 (19)

19. Ohio State, 11-4, 465 (16)

20. Xavier, 13-3, 427 (17)

21. Providence, 14-2, 350 (23)

22. Loyola Chicago, 13-2, 193 (NR)

23. Texas, 13-4, 185 (21)

24. Tennessee, 11-5, 98 (22)

25. UConn, 11-4, 73, (NR)

Others receiving votes: Iowa 56, BYU 50, Davidson 34, Alabama 26, San Diego State 25, Miami (Fla.) 21, Oregon 15, West Virginia 14, Colorado State 13, Texas A&M 10, Oklahoma 7, TCU 4, North Carolina 2, Indiana 2.