Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas Remain 1-2-3 in AP Top 25: Week 16

MIAMI, FL — Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas held on to the top three spots for the third straight week in Week 16 of The Associated Press men’s college basketball Top 25 rankings on Monday, February 20.

Gonzaga received 59 first-place votes from the 65 member media panel for 1,618 points to remain No. 1 for the fourth straight week.

The Bulldogs (28-0, 16-0 West Coast) picked up a pair of wins last week over San Francisco and Pacific to stay undefeated this season and extend their winning streak, which is the longest in the nation.

The Zags, who are the only unbeaten Division I men’s basketball team left this season, have two games remaining on their schedule and they will aim to become the first team to finish the regular season undefeated since Kentucky in 2014-15.

Defending champion Villanova collected five first-place votes to return second in the rankings this week with 1,618 points.

The Wildcats (26-4, 13-2 Big East) registered a pair of comfortable victories last week over DePaul and Seton Hall to stay atop the Big East standings.

Kansas, which is on the verge of securing its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular season title, is No. 3 again this week and received the last vote for first place, following highlighted wins over West Virginia and Baylor last week.

Baylor, which lost both games last week to Texas Tech and Kansas, respectively, fell five places from No. 4 to No. 9 this week and is now three games behind the Jayhawks in the Big 12 standings.

Arizona moves up one slot to No. 4 and was followed by UCLA, which also climbed one spot to No. 5.

Oregon comes in at sixth and is followed in the Top 10 by Louisville, North Carolina and Duke.

Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida, Purdue and Cincinnati rounded out the Top 15.

Wisconsin, after losing to Michigan last week, dropped five spots to No. 16 this week, while SMU, a struggling Virginia, Florida State and Saint Mary’s completed the Top 20.

The last five in the rankings this week are Notre Dame, Butler, Creighton, Maryland and Wichita State.

This week sees then-No. 21 South Carolina (20-7) falling out from the rankings after losing to Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week.

The Wichita State Shockers (25-4) replaced South Carolina in the poll and make their first Top 25 appearance this campaign.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD
1 Gonzaga (59) 28-0
2 Villanova (5) 26-2
3 Kansas (1) 24-3
4 Arizona 25-3
5 UCLA 24-3
6 Oregon 24-4
7 Louisville 22-5
8 North Carolina 23-5
9 Baylor 22-5
10 Duke 22-5
11 Kentucky 22-5
12 West Virginia 21-6
13 Florida 22-5
14 Purdue 22-5
15 Cincinnati 24-3
16 Wisconsin 22-5
17 SMU 24-4
18 Virginia 18-8
19 Florida State 21-6
20 Saint Mary’s 24-3
21 Notre Dame 21-7
22 Butler 21-6
23 Creighton 22-5
24 Maryland 22-5
25 Wichita State 25-4

Others receiving votes: VCU 39, Northwestern 25, Iowa State 22, South Carolina 12, USC 10, Dayton 9, Middle Tennessee 8, Oklahoma State 7, Minnesota 5, Monmouth 2, Miami 2, Virginia Tech 1, Vermont 1, Michigan 1

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