A wild week of upsets led to massive adjustments within the AP Prime 25. Amid the chaos, a well-known workforce returned to the highest.
Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga climbed again atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll on Monday, ending Baylor’s five-week run. The Bulldogs had 25 first-place votes, 11 fewer than No. 2 Auburn, however edged the Tigers in general factors to take the highest spot.
Auburn has its highest rating since reaching No. 2 in 1999-2000 after transferring up two spots. Arizona, Purdue and Baylor rounded out the highest 5.
Gonzaga (14-2, 3-0 West Coast) continued its roll since shedding to Alabama on Dec. 4, stretching its profitable streak to seven video games with blowouts over BYU and Santa Clara final week.
The remainder of the AP Prime 25 did not fare fairly as properly, with 13 groups shedding, together with 9 on Saturday. Eight groups fell to unranked opponents.
Baylor’s tenure on the prime ended with losses to No. 18 Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. It was the primary time the Bears misplaced consecutive dwelling video games in almost six years and ended the reigning nationwide champions’ profitable streak at 21 video games.
No. 16 Southern California additionally noticed its undefeated season come to a crashing finish with losses to Stanford and Oregon sandwiched round a win over Oregon State. Seton Corridor dropped out of the ballot from No. 20 after shedding to DePaul and Marquette.
“They’re not very pleased,” Bears senior Matthew Mayer mentioned when requested the temper of the Baylor coaches.
Neither are UCLA’s. The Bruins climbed to No. 3 in final week’s ballot and dropped six spots this week after losing 84-81 to Oregon in additional time. The win was the 700th of Geese coach Dana Altman’s profession and dropped UCLA six spots to No. 9 on this week’s ballot.
“You’re both humbled and hungry like they had been attempting to drag off the so-called upset, otherwise you’re conceited with out trigger as a result of we’ve received nothing,” an incensed UCLA coach Mick Cronin mentioned.
Arizona wasn’t anticipated to be among the many Pac-12’s elite in its first season beneath coach Tommy Lloyd, picked to complete tied for fourth within the preseason ballot.
The Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 Pac-12) have surpassed these expectations and put themselves among the many nation’s prime groups with a free-flowing offense that may beat groups in a number of methods.
The nation’s highest-scoring workforce shot 51% and had 20 assists on 29 area objectives in a 76-55 win over Colorado final Thursday. The Wildcats then overpowered Utah inside, outscoring the Utes 56-28 within the paint throughout an 82-64 win on Saturday.
Arizona climbed three spots on this week’s ballot to No. 3, its highest rating since reaching No. 2 in 2017-18.
“Clearly, they’re very, very gifted, play tremendous related and are tremendous athletic,” Utah coach Craig Smith mentioned.
RISING AND FALLING
No. 17 Illinois had the week’s greatest climb, transferring 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 5 locations following a 78-68 win over No. 19 Ohio State.
No. 16 USC had the largest drop, shedding 11 locations and UCLA was subsequent at six.
IN AND OUT
No. 22 Loyola Chicago moved into the ballot for the primary time this season following wins over Valparaiso and Indiana State. UConn moved again into the ballot at No. 25 after beating St. John’s 86-78.
Alabama dropped out from No. 24 with losses to Auburn and Mississippi State. Seton Corridor did not obtain a single vote following its two losses to unranked opponents.
The Huge Ten and Huge 12 had 5 ranked groups every, adopted by the SEC and Huge East with 4 every. The Pac-12 had three ranked groups, with the ACC, American Athletic, West Coast and Missouri Valley notching one every.
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