AP Hoops Poll: Gonzaga, Baylor remain at top; VT tied at 19, UVa 22

AP Hoops Poll: Gonzaga, Baylor remain at top; VT tied at 19, UVa 22

Gonzaga and Baylor remained atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while fourth-ranked Texas has climbed to its highest perch in nearly a decade.

Mark Few’s Bulldogs earned 63 of 64 first-place votes in Monday’s latest Top 25, while Scott Drew’s Bears earned the other vote. Gonzaga and Baylor have been 1-2 at the top in all seven polls so far this season.

Villanova climbed one spot to No. 3, followed by the Longhorns, who jumped four spots after handing Kansas a lopsided weekend home loss. That marked the program’s highest ranking under sixth-year coach Shaka Smart and its first top-5 ranking since February 2011.

Iowa, Kansas, Creighton, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan rounded out the top 10, with the Wolverines climbing six spots for the biggest jump of the week. No. 11 Houston and No. 14 West Virginia slid out from that top tier from last week.

No. 19 Clemson was back in the poll for the second time this season, while the other new addition was St. Louis. The Billikens, tied with Michigan State at No. 23, made their first AP Top 25 appearance since the 2013-14 season.

Northwestern and Ohio State fell out of the poll.

Associated Press

AP Top 25

1 Gonzaga (63) 10-0 1,599 1
2 Baylor (1) 9-0 1,537 2
3 Villanova 8-1 1,453 4
4 Texas 8-1 1,415 8
5 Iowa 9-2 1,298 10
6 Kansas 8-2 1,224 3
7 Creighton 8-2 1,140 11
8 Wisconsin 9-2 1,085 6
9 Tennessee 7-1 1,076 7
10 Michigan 9-0 1,039 16
11 Houston 8-1 977 5
12 Illinois 8-3 878 15
13 Missouri 7-1 747 12
14 West Virginia 8-3 706 9
15 Rutgers 7-2 703 14
16 Minnesota 10-2 559 21
17 Oregon 8-1 545 21
18 Texas Tech 8-3 445 13
T-19 Clemson 8-1 411 NR
T-19 Virginia Tech 8-1 411 24
21 Duke 3-2 280 20
22 Virginia 5-2 258 23
T-23 Saint Louis 7-1 133 NR
T-23 Michigan State 7-3 133 17
25 Florida State 5-2 120 18