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Top three unchanged, Duke falls out of Top 25 poll

Field Level Media
19 Jan 2021, 04:40 GMT+10

The top three remain unchanged while two Big Ten teams surged and a pair of ACC teams -- including Duke -- fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll released Monday.

Undefeated Gonzaga (62 first-place votes) and Baylor (2) remain 1-2 followed by 8-1 Villanova at No. 3. No. 4 Iowa (12-2) and No. 5 Texas (11-2) flipped spots this week to round out the top 5.

The ACC's Duke and Louisville dropped out of the Top 25 this week, while Alabama (11-3) debuted at No. 18 and UCLA (11-2) entered at No. 24. Further, Clemson (9-2) plummeted eight spots to No. 20.

The Blue Devils' streak of 91 consecutive weeks in the Top 25 came to an end. Duke's streak was second only to Kansas, which extended its record to 229 weeks. Gonzaga is the new No. 2 on that list at 87 weeks.

Ohio State (11-3) and Minnesota (11-4) of the Big Ten were the biggest risers of the week, both jumping six spots to No. 15 and No. 17, respectively.

Tennessee (10-1) jumped four spots to No. 6 and Michigan (11-1) held steady at No. 7. Houston (11-1), Kansas (10-3) and Wisconsin (11-3) rounded out the top 10.

Creighton (10-3) dropped three spots to No. 11, Texas Tech (11-4) jumped three to No. 12 and Virginia (9-2) ascended five spots to No. 13. No. 14 West Virginia (9-4) and the Buckeyes rounded out the top 15.

Virginia Tech (11-2) moved up four spots to No. 16 followed by the Golden Gophers, Crimson Tide, Missouri (8-2) and Clemson.

No. 21 Oregon (9-2), Illinois (9-5), UConn (7-1), UCLA and Saint Louis (7-1) completed the Top 25.

--Field Level Media

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