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Badgers drop down to No. 19 in AP top-25 poll


The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team dropped five spots to No. 19 in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll, released Monday.

Since being ranked No. 14 last week, Wisconsin beat Maryland 61-55 on Wednesday but lost 81-71 to Penn State on Saturday.

The Badgers have now moved down the AP top-25 poll in five straight weeks since being ranked 6th on Dec. 28.

Wisconsin will get a chance to avenge Saturday’s loss when it battles Penn State at home Tuesday night. A road matchup against 12th-ranked Illinois awaits the Badgers on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the poll, Gonzaga and Baylor have continued their season-long run at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Zags received 61 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released on Monday, and Baylor had the other three.

Villanova and Michigan held at Nos. 3 and 4, with Houston moving up one spot to round out the top five. The Cougars have their highest ranking since the Phi Slama Jama team reached No. 2 in 1983-84.

No. 9 Oklahoma made a massive leap from No. 24 after becoming the second team in 25 years to beat three straight top-10 teams. The Sooners beat then-No. 9 Alabama last week after taking down No. 5 Texas and No. 9 Kansas.

No. 25 Drake is ranked for the first time since reaching No. 14 in 2007-08.

 

AP TOP 25 POLL — WEEK 11 (released Feb. 1)

RANK TEAM PV RANK
1 Gonzaga (17-0) 1
2 Baylor (16-0) 2
3 Villanova (11-1) 3
4 Michigan (13-1) 4
5 Houston (15-1) 6
6 Texas (11-3) 5
7 Ohio State (14-4) 13
8 Iowa (12-4) 7
9 Oklahoma (11-4) 24
10 Alabama (14-4) 9
11 Tennessee (12-3) 18
12 Illinois (11-5) 19
13 Texas Tech (12-5) 10
14 Virginia (11-3) 8
15 Creighton (13-4) 17
16 Virginia Tech (13-3) 20
17 West Virginia (11-5) 11
18 Missouri (11-3) 12
19 Wisconsin (13-5) 14
20 Florida State (10-3) 16
21 UCLA (13-3) 23
22 Florida (10-4) NR
23 Kansas (11-6) 15
24 Purdue (12-6) NR
25 Drake (16-0) NR

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 111, USC 57, Loyola Chicago 52, Minnesota 42, Xavier 25, Boise State 23, St. Bonaventure 19, Saint Louis 11, Belmont 11, Toledo 9, Oregon 8, Colorado 8, San Diego State 6, Connecticut 5, Louisville 4, North Carolina 3, Georgia Tech 2, Rutgers 1




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