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Illinois Back in Top 25 Polls

The Kansas Jayhawks were the unanimous choice for the top spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday, receiving all 64 votes from the media panel.


Illinois moves back in to the poll at No. 23 following wins over Indiana and Northwestern this week. 

Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. The Aztecs, No. 9 Maryland and No. 18 Iowa were the only other teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.


Kansas moved to No. 1 for the second time this season a week ago after knocking off previously top-ranked Baylor. The Jayhawks remained atop the poll after beating Oklahoma State and rival Kansas State.


Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games with victories over George Mason and Davidson last week.


No. 16 Michigan State had the week’s biggest jump, moving up eight spots following victories over Iowa and Maryland.


No. 8 Seton Hall has its highest ranking since reaching No. 7 in 2000-01 after moving up five spots. The Pirates beat Marquette last week.


No. 25 Michigan had the biggest drop among teams still in the poll, falling six spots after losing to Wisconsin and Ohio State.


No. 12 Duke lost five places following losses to Wake Forest and Virginia.


Reigning national champion Virginia returned to the poll at No. 22 after knocking off Virginia Tech and Duke.


No. 24 Wisconsin is ranked for the first time this season after victories against No. 25 Michigan and Minnesota.


West Virginia dropped out of the poll from No. 20 after losses to unranked Texas and Oklahoma.

Colorado also had a pair of losses to unranked opponents, California and Stanford, to fall out from No. 21.


Texas Tech had the same type of week, losing to Texas and Oklahoma, to drop out from No. 22.


Illinois also returned to No. 22 the Coaches Poll after their 2-0 week. The Illini and defending national champ Virgina tied at No. 22 with 79 points in the poll. 


Gonzaga climbed back to No. 2 in both the Coaches Poll Top 25 on Monday after a 2-0 week that included a victory over Saint Mary's. The Zags took the place of Baylor, which fell two spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 4 following a Saturday loss to TCU.


The coaches voted Kansas as the unanimous No. 1 just as the the AP voters did. Meanwhile, Seton Hall rose from No. 13 to No. 7 in the Coaches Poll after a win at Marquette on Saturday. Kentucky also got a nice bump from No. 9 to No. 6 after beating Auburn on Saturday to claim the SEC regular season title.


The most notable snub from both polls may have been UCLA. The Bruins received 54 votes in the Coaches Poll after ascending to sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 standings with a victory over Arizona on Saturday. It was the Bruins' seventh victory in a row and ninth in their last 10 games. But even at 19-11 (12-5 Pac-12), the hesitance of some voters to elevate UCLA into the poll is a reflection of the Bruins' status as an NCAA Tournament bubble team.

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