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Thursday / October 28.
  • Gonzaga strengthens hold on No. 1 ranking in latest AP Poll, followed by Baylor, Kansas

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Gonzaga has strengthened its hold on the No. 1 spot in the latest Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after beating Iowa.

    The Zags received 61 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday, while No. 2 Baylor received the remaining three first-place votes.

    No. 3 Kansas moved up two spots this week while Iowa dropped one spot to No. 4.

    Villanova rounded out the top-five.

    Gonzaga (4–0) returned last week after missing five games to COVID-19 issues. The Zags didn’t miss a beat, defeating Iowa 99-88 led by a stellar performance from freshman standout Jalen Suggs.

    Suggs finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while making 7-of-10 3-pointers.

    No. 10 Texas moved up one spot to crack the top 10 for the first time since reaching No. 6 in 2014-15.

    Michigan State dropped eight spots to No. 12 after losing 79-65 to Northwestern on Sunday.

    The Big Ten has seven teams in the AP Top 25 in Iowa (No. 4), Wisconsin (No. 9), Rutgers (No. 11), Michigan State (No. 12), Illinois (No. 18), Michigan (No. 19) and Ohio State (No. 23).

    The Associated Press Top 25 as of Monday, December 21 is listed below:

    1. Gonzaga
    2. Baylor
    3. Kansas
    4. Iowa
    5. Villanova
    6. Houston
    7. West Virginia
    8. Tennessee
    9. Wisconsin
    10. Texas
    11. Rutgers
    12. Michigan State
    13. Creighton
    14. Missouri
    15. Texas Tech
    16. Virginia
    17. North Carolina
    18. Illinois
    19. Michigan
    20. Duke
    21. Florida State
    22. Xavier
    23. Ohio State
    24. Virginia Tech
    25. Oregon

    Others receiving votes: San Diego State 146, Richmond 142, Saint Louis 64, Arkansas 54, Indiana 53, Clemson 28, Florida 20, Georgia 19, Colorado 13, BYU 9, Purdue 9, Louisville 8, Northwestern 7, UCF 6, Minnesota 4, UCLA 3, Oklahoma State 3, LSU 2, Western Kentucky 2, SMU 1

    Photo: AP/Darron Cummings

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