Gonzaga, Arizona remain atop men's AP Top 25 in week of changes

John Marshall
AP Sports Writer

The top six and seven of the top nine teams in the AP Top 25 lost on the same day last week, an unprecedented day of chaos that led to some big changes in this week's poll — everywhere but at the top.

Gonzaga and Arizona remained the top two teams in the poll released Monday, holding steady despite both losing their most recent games.

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme drives to the basket between Saint Mary's forward Matthias Tass, bottom, forward Kyle Bowen (14) and guard Alex Ducas (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Moraga, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

The Zags received 43 first-place votes from the AP's 61-person media panel after being a unanimous pick last week. No. 3 Baylor had four first-place votes and No. 4 Duke picked up 11. Auburn rounded out the top five.

Gonzaga, Arizona, Auburn, Purdue, Kansas and Kentucky all lost on Saturday, marking the first time in the AP poll era (1948-49) that the top six teams lost on the same day. No. 9 Texas Tech also lost, setting another record for most top-10 teams losing in one day.

“It’s kind of life in late February and early March, especially on the road,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after the Zags' 67-57 loss to No. 19 Saint Mary's to close out their regular season.

Baylor was the biggest beneficiary of its Saturday win, moving up seven spots after beating Kansas 80-70. The Jayhawks fell one spot to No. 6 with the loss.

Auburn lost three spots from last week after losing to No. 13 Tennessee. No. 7 Kentucky fell a spot after losing to No. 14 Arkansas and Purdue dropped four places to No. 8 with its loss to Michigan State.

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In all, every team but four got shuffled in this week's poll; only Gonzaga, Arizona, No. 14 Houston and No. 16 Southern California held steady.

No teams fell out or moved into the poll, but things are getting awfully interesting with conference tournaments just around the corner.

The Big Ten and Southeastern conferences led the way again this week, each with five teams ranked. The Big 12 had four ranked teams, with the Pac-12 and Big East getting three each. The West Coast Conference had two ranked teams for the second straight week, with the Atlantic Coast, American Athletic and Ohio Valley conferences at one each.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Gonzaga (46 first-place votes), 24-3, 1504 (last week: 1)

2. Arizona, 25-3, 1360 (2)

3. Baylor (4), 24-5, 1342 (10)

4. Duke (11), 25-4, 1306 (7)

5. Auburn, 25-4, 1268 (3)

6. Kansas, 23-5, 1224 (5)

7. Kentucky, 23-6, 1215 (6)

8. Purdue, 24-5, 1129 (4)

9. Providence, 24-3, 1021 (11)

10. Wisconsin, 23-5, 865 (13)

11. Villanova, 21-7, 861 (8)

12. Texas Tech, 22-7, 850 (9)

13. Tennessee, 21-7, 770 (17)

14. Houston, 24-4, 759 (14)

14. Arkansas, 23-6, 759 (18)

16. Southern Cal, 25-4, 557 (16)

17. UCLA, 21-6, 498 (12)

18. UConn, 21-7, 480 (21)

19. Saint Mary's (Cal), 24-6, 449 (23)

20. Illinois, 20-8, 383 (15)

21. Texas, 21-8, 364 (20)

22. Murray St., 28-2, 333 (19)

23. Ohio St., 18-8, 191 (22)

24. Iowa, 20-8, 99 (25)

25. Alabama, 19-10, 90 (24)

Others receiving votes: Boise St. 56, Davidson 20, Colorado St. 19, South Dakota St. 12, Notre Dame 9, LSU 7, Michigan St. 6, San Diego St. 5, Marquette 4, Iowa St. 4, North Texas 3, Vermont 2, N Iowa 1.