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Houston Stays at No.1, UT in Top 10

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Houston Stays on top in AP Poll | Image by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston and Kansas remained the top two teams in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday after a record weekend of Top 25 losses.

Eleven teams in the Top 25 went down Saturday, tying a record that had stood for nearly 12 years.

Connecticut and Marquette also lost Sunday to give the AP poll one of its biggest shake-ups in recent history.

Houston had to fight off South Florida to avoid their own upset loss and pulled in 34 of 60 first-place votes from a national media panel. Kansas received 23 votes to remain second, while Purdue picked up the other three to stay third.

Alabama remained at No.4 while UCLA, riding a 13-game winning streak, climbed two spots to round out the top five.

Among the Top 25 teams that lost, Tennessee was the highest ranked, falling four spots to No.9 after losing to unranked Kentucky.

UConn dropped from sixth to No.15 after falling to Marquette and St. John’s, giving the Huskies four losses in their past five games. Arizona fell two to No.11 after losing to Oregon.

Gonzaga climbed to sixth in the poll Monday and was followed by Texas, Xavier, Tennessee, and Virginia. Xavier rose four spots to No.8 after pushing its winning streak to 11 games.

Kansas may have had the most impressive week, beating Oklahoma on Tuesday before squeaking by Iowa State 62-60 on Saturday.

Texas had an impressive week, too, squeaking by No.14 TCU last week and Texas Tech 72-70.

On Tuesday night, the No.7 Longhorns will travel to play No.12 Iowa State — which actually climbed two spots in the poll despite the loss to Kansas.

Kansas State fell two to No.13 after losing to TCU. Kansas State will host No. 2 Kansas on Tuesday before Kansas hosts No.14 TCU on Saturday.

After TCU at No.14, Baylor checks in as the sixth and final ranked team from the Big 12 at No.21.

UConn, Auburn, Miami, Charleston, Clemson, and Marquette made the top 20, with Marquette moving up five spots despite its close loss to Xavier. Charleston moved up four to No.18 amid its 18-game winning streak.

Providence, Rutgers, FAU, and Arkansas joined Baylor as the final teams in the poll. Arkansas had the biggest fall, plummeting 10 spots to No.25 after losses to Alabama and Vanderbilt.

Meanwhile, Duke, Missouri, San Diego State, and Wisconsin dropped out of the Top 25 altogether.

FAU, which has just one NCAA tournament appearance in three decades of Division I hoops, cracked the Top 25 for the first time in program history. The Owls have won 15 straight after an early loss to Ole Miss.

Making their season debut is Clemson at No.19. The Tigers improved on the best start in ACC play in school history (7-0) with a 72-64 win over Duke on Saturday.

Full AP Top 25 (First-Place Votes):

  1. Houston (34) 17-1
  2. Kansas (23) 16-1
  3. Purdue (3) 17-1
  4. Alabama (15-2)
  5. UCLA (16-2)
  6. Gonzaga (16-3)
  7. Texas (15-2)
  8. Xavier (15-3)
  9. Tennessee (14-3)
  10. Virginia (13-3)
  11. Arizona (15-3)
  12. Iowa State (13-3)
  13. Kansas State (15-2)
  14. TCU (14-3)
  15. UConn (15-4)
  16. Auburn (14-3)
  17. Miami (14-3)
  18. Charleston (19-1)
  19. Clemson (15-3)
  20. Marquette (14-5)
  21. Baylor (12-5)
  22. Providence (14-4)
  23. Rutgers (13-5)
  24. FAU (16-1)
  25. Arkansas (12-5)

Others receiving votes: North Carolina State 111, Saint Mary’s 106, Arizona State 79, New Mexico 67, Illinois 61, San Diego State 44, Michigan State 29, Duke 24, Wisconsin 14, Creighton 9, Kent State 8, Boise State 6, Texas A&M 5, Ohio State 3, Missouri 3, VCU 2, Iowa 2, North Carolina 1.

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