Gonzaga remains No. 12 in AP poll, Villanova takes top spot
Gonzaga was right in the middle of the shakeup at the top of the AP college basketball poll.
The Zags (8-2), who dusted Washington and lost to Villanova, stayed firm at No. 12.
The Wildcats (10-0), impressive in an 88-72 victory over Gonzaga, climbed from No. 4 to No. 1. The top spot was vacated by Duke, which lost to Boston College on the road.
The woes of second-ranked teams continued as Kansas absorbed a pair of losses, one to unranked Washington 74-65 on Wednesday. The Jayhawks, who also lost to Arizona State, dropped to 13th.
Michigan State opened the season at No. 2 but was knocked off by former No. 1 Duke. Arizona was next at No. 2, but the Wildcats promptly lost three straight games. Kansas went 2-2 carrying the No. 2 ranking.
AP No. 2s are now 4-6. Last season the No. 2s finished 33-6.
Villanova jumped past Michigan State, which moved up one position to No. 2. Wichita State is No. 3, followed by Duke. The Wildcats had 41 first-place votes. The Spartans earned 19.
Arizona State picked up five first-place votes and soared from 16th to 5th. Miami, North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Xavier rounded out the top 10.
West Virginia climbed seven spots to No. 11. Notre Dame dropped nine spots to No. 18 and Cincinnati fell eight spots to No. 25.
Florida, which edged Gonzaga in double overtime in Portland, slid from No. 5 to No. 22. Arizona returned to the rankings at No. 23.
Gonzaga holds wins over Creighton and Texas. The Bluejays are first in the receiving votes category while the Longhorns are third. Boise State, under the direction of former Gonzaga assistant coach Leon Rice, received two votes.
Saint Mary’s didn’t receive a vote for the second consecutive week.