Gonzaga and Baylor remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 men’s basketball rankings, released on Monday. As expected, Kentucky falls out of the rankings after losing three straight, while Oregon also joined them exiting the Top 25.
Gonzaga received 54 of the 61 votes for first place from a national media panel and 1,518 points to stay atop of the poll in Week 3. Baylor collected the remaining seven first-place votes and 1,470 points.
The Bulldogs (3-0) and Bears (3-0) were slated to meet in Indianapolis on Saturday, but their highly-anticipated showdown was called off less than two hours before tipoff because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within Gonzaga’s program.
Meanwhile, Iowa stayed No. 3 in the latest rankings after NBA prospect Luka Garza guided the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories last week. Michigan State, which beat then-No. 6 Duke last week jumped four spots to No. 4 and Kansas rounded out the top 5 after moving up two spots.
The Top 10 in the poll is completed by Illinois at No. 6, Houston, Creighton, Villanova and the Blue Devils.
Wisconsin (3-1) fell nine spots this week to No. 13 after being stunned by Marquette on Friday night, while Virginia dropped three places to No. 18 after losing to San Francisco and needing overtime to see off Kent State 71-64 on Friday night.
West Virginia comes in at No. 11, Tennessee at 12th and Texas at No. 13 also in the Top 15.
Rounding out the Top 20 are North Carolina at No. 16, followed by Texas Tech, No. 19. Richmond and No. 20. Florida State.
The last five in the rankings were Rutgers at No. 21, Ohio State, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Louisville.
AP Top 25 Rankings
First-place votes in parentheses:
1. Gonzaga (54)
2. Baylor (7)
4. Michigan State
11. West Virginia
15. Virginia Tech
16. North Carolina
17. Texas Tech
20. Florida State
22. Ohio State
23. Arizona State
24. San Diego State
Others receiving votes: Michigan 107, Saint Louis 94, Florida 90, Indiana 40, Oregon 26, Oklahoma State 26, Marquette 22, Missouri 19, UConn 12, Xavier 9, Clemson 7, Alabama 5, Washington State 3, Maryland 2, SMU 1, Oklahoma 1, UCLA 1
Dropped from rankings: Kentucky 20, Oregon 21