Michigan State drops again in Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll

Detroit News staff and wires

Michigan State dropped again in the Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll.

The Spartans (18-6, 9-4) dropped two spots in this week's poll, released Monday, to No. 19. It's the third straight week the Spartans have fallen in the rankings.

Max Christie and Michigan State are ranked No. 19 in this week's Associated Press Top 25.

Michigan State split its two games last week, opening with a 70-62 loss at home to Wisconsin before rebounding Saturday with a 76-61 victory over Indiana. That win halted a brief two-game losing streak.

Gonzaga has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking, while Providence climbed into the top 10 and Wyoming earned its first ranking in more than seven years.

Mark Few’s Bulldogs earned 56 of 60 first-place votes in Monday’s poll to swap positions with Auburn, which had spent the past three weeks at No. 1 but fell from the top spot after suffering its first loss since November.

Gonzaga (21-2) was the preseason No. 1 after last year’s run to the NCAA championship game for what became its only loss. The Zags spent three weeks at the top before falling out after a loss to Duke, and also spent a week at No. 1 in mid-January before being supplanted by Auburn.

Bruce Pearl’s Tigers earned the other four first-place votes despite losing in overtime at Arkansas last week to snap a 19-game winning streak.

Arizona climbed one spot to No. 3 followed by Kentucky – which has its highest ranking since spending a week at No. 1 in November 2019 – and Purdue.

Kansas was next at No. 6, followed by reigning national champion Baylor and Providence, which climbed three spots to No. 8 for its highest ranking since spending a week in that same position in January 2016.

Duke and Villanova rounded out the top 10, with the Wildcats making the week’s biggest jump by climbing five spots.

Houston had the week’s biggest slide, falling eight spots to No. 14 after losses to SMU and Memphis last week.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Gonzaga (56 first-place votes), 21-2, 1496 points (last week: 2)

2. Auburn (4), 23-2, 1413 (1)

3. Arizona, 22-2, 1370 (4)

4. Kentucky, 21-4, 1350 (5)

5. Purdue, 22-4, 1163 (3)

6. Kansas, 20-4, 1151 (8)

7. Baylor, 21-4, 1148 (10)

8. Providence, 21-2, 1093 (11)

9. Duke, 21-4, 1073 (7)

10. Villanova, 19-6, 911 (15)

11. Texas Tech, 19-6, 858 (9)

12. Illinois, 18-6, 778 (13)

13. UCLA, 17-5, 711 (12)

14. Houston, 20-4, 700 (6)

15. Wisconsin, 19-5, 631 (14)

16. Tennessee, 18-6, 595 (19)

17. Southern Cal, 21-4, 554 (21)

18. Ohio State, 15-6, 503 (16)

19. Michigan State, 18-6, 485 (17)

20. Texas, 18-7, 410 (20)

21. Murray State, 24-2, 290 (23)

22. Wyoming, 21-3, 190 (NR)

23. Arkansas, 19-6, 158 (NR)

24. UConn, 17-7, 112 (24)

25. Alabama, 16-9, 80 (NR)

Others receiving votes: Marquette 77, Xavier 51, Colorado St. 29, Saint Mary's (Cal) 22, LSU 18, Iowa 17, Notre Dame 17, SMU 14, Rutgers 10, Virginia 4, South Dakota St. 3, Toledo 3, Miami 3, Boise St. 3, San Francisco 2, Belmont 2, Vermont 1, Wake Forest 1.