UCLA climbs to No. 2 in final regular-season Top 25 poll

Houston remained No. 1 while UCLA climbed to No. 2 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the regular season.

The Cougars (29-2) earned 58 first-place votes to three for the Bruins (27-4), who have won 10 straight games with their defeat of Arizona on Saturday night.

Kansas (25-6), Alabama (26-5) and Purdue (26-5) round out the top five.

No. 21 Duke (23-8) rejoined the Top 25 this week after falling out in mid-January. The Blue Devils won six straight to close out the regular season.

Marquette (25-6), Texas (23-8), Arizona (25-6), Gonzaga (26-5) and Baylor (22-9) complete the top 10.

Texas A&M was the week’s biggest climber, jumping six spots to No. 18. The Aggies (23-8) are 17-3 since standing at 6-5 on Dec. 20 . Fellow SEC team Tennessee (22-9) fell five spots to No. 17 after losing at Auburn to close out the regular season.

In addition to Duke, Creighton is back in the Top 25 for a third time this season, returning at No. 24. Missouri also returns at No. 25.

Providence, Maryland and Pitt all dropped out of the Top 25.

The rest of the poll:
11. UConn
12. Kansas State
13. Virginia
14. Miami (FL)
15. Xavier
16. Saint Mary’s
17. Tennessee
18. Texas A&M
19. Indiana
20. San Diego State
21. Duke
22. TCU
23. Kentucky
24. Creighton
25. Missouri

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