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Gonzaga reclaims No. 1 ranking in men’s basketball Top 25 poll; Baylor falls to No. 5

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A wild week of upsets led to large modifications within the AP Prime 25. Amid the chaos, a well-known group returned to the highest.

Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga climbed again to the highest of the Related Press males’s school basketball ballot released 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 total factors to take the highest spot.

Auburn has its highest rating since reaching No. 2 in 1999-2000 after shifting up two spots. Arizona, Purdue and Baylor rounded out the highest 5.

Gonzaga (14-2, 3-0 West Coast) continued its roll since dropping to Alabama on Dec. 4, stretching its successful 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 effectively, with 13 groups dropping, together with 9 on Saturday. Eight groups misplaced 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 lost consecutive home games in almost six years, ending the reigning nationwide champions’ successful 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 Hall dropped out of the ballot from No. 20 after dropping to DePaul and Marquette.

“They are not very completely satisfied,” Bears senior Matthew Mayer stated when requested concerning the temper of Baylor’s coaches.

Neither are UCLA‘s. The Bruins climbed to No. 3 in final week’s ballot and dropped six spots this week after dropping 84-81 to Oregon in time beyond regulation. 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 are both humbled and hungry like they had been making an attempt to drag off the so-called upset, otherwise you’re boastful with out trigger as a result of we have received nothing,” an incensed UCLA coach Mick Cronin stated.

ARIZONA’S RISE

Arizona wasn’t anticipated to be among the many Pac-12’s elite in its first season underneath coach Tommy Lloyd, picked to complete tied for fourth within the preseason ballot.

The Wildcats (14-1, 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 group shot 51% and had 20 assists on 29 subject 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 linked and are tremendous athletic,” Utah coach Craig Smith stated.

RISING AND FALLING

No. 17 Illinois had the week’s largest climb, shifting 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 most important drop, dropping 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.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Massive Ten and Massive 12 had 5 ranked groups every, adopted by the SEC and Massive 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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