Michigan finally broke the soul of Gonzaga and Baylor at the top of the men’s basketball poll at the Associated Press on Monday, taking advantage of the loss of the Bears in Kansas to jump to second place behind a bulldog.
Gonzaga continued to hold the top spot in the Top 25, just as he did throughout the season, receiving 59 of 63 votes for first place among national media members. But the Werewolves picked up the other four to climb to second, while the Bears, whose undefeated season was thwarted by Jay Hawks on Saturday night, returned to third.
Illinois climbed one place to fourth, and Iowa gave the Big Ten three teams out of the top five.
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Now the question is whether the Wolverines can stay at number 2. They face Illini on Tuesday night before ending the regular season with a series at home and home against Michigan State.
“Without a doubt, they deserve whatever word you want to use – praise, praise. They deserve everything,” said Hoosiers coach Archie Miller. “They have a great spirit of themselves. It’s one thing you’ll probably have to look at in Michigan and just look at the way they feel and play, both ends of the floor. They follow you, play hard for each other , they have a great rebound for them, so you can say they’re a lot together. That’s a big part of what they do. “
West Virginia continued its steady climb, with four places to No. 6 after its third consecutive victory. Ohio fell three places to seventh after losing to Hawkis. Alabama, Houston and Vilanova finished in the top 10.
It was then Florida, while Arkansas jumped eight places to No. 12 after winning its winning streak to six, including victories over the then. Missouri and the Purple Tide. This is Razorbacks’ highest rating since February 16, 1998.
He also made a big move number 13 in Kansas, which won his victory over the Bears; The Jayhawks won six of seven after finishing their record 12-year run in the Top 25, with the loss coming to that point. 14 Texas in sequels.
Creighton dropped one place to No. 14, followed by Longhorns. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State follow, followed by rival Big 12 Texas Tech, and San Diego and Loyola Chicago round out the top 20.
Virginia was number 21, followed by Virginia Tech, Purdue, Colorado and Wisconsin. The new producers of boilers and sliding dams give the Big Ten six teams in the Top 25, one less than the leader in the Big 12 poll.
MORE OF BEARS
Baylor struggles after coming out of a three-week hiatus over COVID-19 problems, needing a frantic rally to beat Iowa before falling to Alan Fieldhouse. Bears coach Scott Drew quickly congratulated the Jayhawks on the victory, but also made it clear that his team was still trying to find its feet after a long break.
“Anyone who has had COVID would know that when you return, you are not 100%,” Drew said. “People who haven’t and haven’t been able to practice or train, I’d say it’s rust. And the last thing I’d say is a game of chemistry.”
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
Oklahoma State went from the first team all the way to number 17 with the strength of the Top 25 victories over Red Raiders and Sooners last week. Purdue came in at number 23 after blowing out Penn State for his third straight win, and Colorado went from barely on the radar to number 24 after back-to-back wins over then. 19 USC and UCLA.
They replaced the Trojans, Tennessee and Missouri. USC lost three of its last four, Vols dropped out with three of its last five, and the Tigers, who were No. 10 in early February, lost four of their last five.
ON THE DOOR
BYU was the first team out of the poll after the cougars’ fourth consecutive victory cemented their place behind Gonzaga in the West Coast conference. Florida appeared on seven ballots after not appearing in any of the last weeks, and St. Bonaventure found its way to eight ballots after Bonnie pushed Davidson into a duel and directed George Washington.