Kansas, Villanova, UCLA and Gonzaga stay 1-4 in AP poll


UK No. 8, WVU No. 11

By JIM O’CONNELL

AP Basketball Writer

Kansas, Villanova, UCLA and Gonzaga held onto the top four spots in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Jayhawks (28-3) are No. 1 for the second week in a row. They received 59 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Villanova (28-3) was No. 1 on two ballots while UCLA (28-3) got three first-place votes. Gonzaga (30-1) received the other first-place vote.

Oregon and North Carolina exchanged places at fifth and sixth while Arizona stayed seventh.

Kentucky moved up one place to eighth and was followed by Baylor and Louisville.

West Virginia was 11th followed by SMU, Purdue, Duke, Cincinnati, Florida State, Florida, Butler, Saint Mary’s and Wichita State.

The last five ranked teams were Virginia, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Maryland.

Maryland (24-7) returns after being out of the poll for one week. The Terrapins replace Miami (20-10), which lost to Virginia Tech and Florida State in the Hurricanes’ first appearance in the poll this season.

The season’s final poll will be released March 13.

Even with the loss of Miami, the Atlantic Coast Conference still leads with six ranked teams. The Big 12 is next with four, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten with three each.

— AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Kansas (59) 28-3 1,619

2 Villanova (2) 28-3 1,517

3 UCLA (3) 28-3 1,487

4 Gonzaga (1) 30-1 1,430

5 Oregon 27-4 1,364

6 North Carolina 26-6 1,291

7 Arizona 27-4 1,252

8 Kentucky 26-5 1,182

9 Baylor 25-6 1,084

10 Louisville 24-7 1,047

11 West Virginia 24-7 958

12 SMU 27-4 849

13 Purdue 25-6 839

14 Duke 23-8 667

15 Cincinnati 27-4 634

16 Florida State 24-7 631

17 Florida 24-7 617

18 Butler 23-7 538

19 Saint Mary’s 27-3 456

20 Wichita State 30-4 401

21 Virginia 21-9 400

22 Notre Dame 23-8 394

23 Iowa State 20-10 147

24 Wisconsin 23-8 139

25 Maryland 24-7 47

Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 28, Oklahoma State 23, Minnesota 22, Michigan 16, Dayton 11, Seton Hall 9, USC 6, Providence 5, Vermont 3, Miami 2, VCU 2, Arkansas 2, Wake Forest 2, Creighton 1, Princeton 1, Michigan State 1, UNC Wilmington 1

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UK No. 8, WVU No. 11

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