MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – For the first time in school history, Baylor is the No. 1 ranked team in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings in Week 10, following a release on Monday, Jan 9.
BAYLOR BEARS TAKE OVER
The Bears (15-0), who are one of the two only undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division I men’s basketball this season, moved up one spot to replaced Villanova as the new top-ranked team in the country.
The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the campaign last week at then-No. 18 Butler.
Baylor, which picked up a pair of hard-fought victories last week over Iowa State and Oklahoma State in Big 12 play, received 55 first-place votes from the 65 member national media panel for 1,608 points.
The rise to to the top is quite remarkable for the Bears, given that they didn’t even receive a single vote in the preseason poll.
“Not many people get a chance to be ranked No. 1, and that’s a great honor,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said on the school’s official website. “Baylor Nation deserves it, because they helped us get here.
“We’re glad to make them proud and happy and give them something to be excited about. Big picture, we know no one is going to remember who is ranked No. 1 the first week of January. We’re on to other things and trying to control what we can control.”
Kansas, which picked up eight votes for first place, also moved up one spot to No. 2, following wins over Kansas State and Texas Tech in the Big 12 last week.
Villanova (15-1), which held the top spot for five straight weeks, falls to No. 3 after the loss to the Bulldogs, but they still received one vote for first place.
UCLA (16-1), the team with the final first-place vote, held steadily at No. 4 after taking down California and Stanford, while the nation’s only other undefeated team, Gonzaga (15-0) also stayed at No. 5 this week.
DUKE AND OTHERS MOVED UP
Kentucky, Duke, Creighton, Florida State and West Virginia rounded out the Top 10.
The Wildcats got past Texas A&M and Arkansas last week to hold firm at their position but the Blue Devils are up one slot after a pair of win over Georgia Tech and Boston College, respectively in ACC play.
The Mountaineers, who were upset by Texas Tech last week, slipped three places this week.
Meanwhile, North Carolina moves up three positions to No. 11, Butler was rewarded for its win over Villanova with a six place rise to No. 12, while Oregon is at No. 13, Louisville dropped five places to 14th after the loss to Notre Dame.
Xavier rounded out the Top 15.
Arizona, Purdue, Wisconsin, Virginia and Notre Dame are 16 through 20.
Saint Mary’s, Cincinnati, Florida, Minnesota, Kansas State and USC are the other teams completing the AP Top 25 rankings.
Virginia Tech (21) and Indiana (25) slipped out of the rankings.
College Basketball: AP Top 25 Rankings
Week 10; Jan. 9, 2017
POS. TEAMS RECORDS
1 Baylor (55) 15-0
2 Kansas (8) 14-1
3 Villanova (1) 15-1
4 UCLA (1) 16-1
5 Gonzaga 15-0
6 Kentucky 13-2
7 Duke 14-2
8 Creighton 15-1
9 Florida State 15-1
10 West Virginia 13-2
11 North Carolina 14-3
12 Butler 14-2
13 Oregon 15-2
14 Louisville 13-3
15 Xavier 13-2
16 Arizona 15-2
17 Purdue 14-3
18 Wisconsin 13-3
19 Virginia 12-3
20 Notre Dame 14-2
21 Saint Mary’s 14-1
22 Cincinnati 13-2
23 Florida 12-3
24 Minnesota 15-2
25 USC 15-2
25 Kansas State 13-2
Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 21, Indiana 25
Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 11, South Carolina 7, Iowa State 7, Indiana 6, Virginia Tech 6, Maryland 5, SMU 5, Clemson 4, UNC Wilmington 3, VCU 3, Wichita St 2, Dayton 2, Nevada 2