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Gonzaga and Baylor were the top two teams in The Associated Press preseason men’s college basketball poll. After eight weeks of twists and turns, that hasn’t changed.

 

The Zags received 63 of 64 first-place votes from a national media panel in the poll released Monday and the Bears had the other one. Villanova, Texas and Iowa rounded out a top 5 that remained the same from last week.

 

Gonzaga and Baylor split most of the first-place votes in the preseason AP Top 25, but the Zags have become the clear-cut No. 1 after stringing together a series of routs.

 

After their Sunday night loss to Maryland, Illinois goes from No. 12 to No. 14 in this week's AP Poll. West Virgina who jumped Illinois to No. 13 this week and No. 23 Minnesota joined Illinois as the three four-loss teams in the poll this week. 

 

Clemson climbed seven spots to No. 12 this week after returning to the poll a week ago. The Tigers beat North Carolina State by four last week.

 

No. 23 Minnesota lost seven spots after losing to No. 7 Michigan and No. 5 Iowa last week. No. 22 Oregon dropped five places following a loss to Colorado and a win over Utah.

 

Louisville is back in the rankings at No. 16 after beating Virginia Tech. The Cardinals were not ranked the previous three weeks after reaching No. 23 on Dec. 14.

 

No. 21 Ohio State returned to the poll after a one-week absence following a win over Rutgers. The Scarlett Knights dropped out from No. 15 following a three-game losing streak.

 

Michigan State dropped out from No. 23 after losing to Purdue, and Florida State is out from No. 25 following three straight postponements.


In this week's Coaches Poll, Illinois only dropped one spot to No. 13 from No. 12 last week. Clemson takes the Illini's spot at No. 12. 

 

Michigan has its highest ranking of the season in the Coaches Poll, moving up four spots on Monday to No. 5 and supplanting Creighton. The leap comes after the Wolverines defeated No. 16 Minnesota -- its second consecutive win over a ranked opponent -- to improve to a perfect 10-0 on the season.

 

The Wolverines are the only team in the Big Ten who have yet to take a loss in conference play. It comes a week after in-state rival Michigan State dropped out of the Coaches Poll and the same week it dropped out of the AP Top 25.

 

Otherwise, the top of the Coaches Poll remained relatively static. Gonzaga, Baylor, Villanova and Texas held steady at 1-4, while Creighton, Kansas and Iowa all dropped one spot to make room for Michigan. Tennessee dropped two spots to No. 10 and Wisconsin moved up one spot to No. 9.

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