Gonzaga and Baylor stayed on The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while fourth-placed Texas has climbed to its highest level in nearly a decade.
Mark Few’s Bulldogs got 63 out of 64 votes in first place in the final top 25 on Monday while Scott Drew’s Bears got the other vote. Gonzaga and Baylor have been at the top 1-2 in all seven polls so far this season.
Villanova climbed one place to third, followed by the Longhorns, who jumped four places after giving Kansas a one-sided home loss over the weekend. This was the program’s highest rank under Shaka Smart, the sixth year coach, and the first top 5 rank since February 2011.
Iowa, Kansas, Creighton, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan rounded out the top 10. The Wolverines climbed six places for the biggest jump of the week. # 11 Houston and # 14 West Virginia slipped off the top row last week.
No. 19 Clemson was back on the poll for the second time this season, while the other new entry was Saint Louis. Linked to Michigan State at # 23, the Billikens made their first AP Top 25 appearance since the 2013-14 season.
Northwestern and Ohio State dropped out of the poll.