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Andy Wittry | | December 7, 2020

College basketball rankings: Michigan State climbs in AP Top 25 after win over Duke

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The latest men's college basketball AP Top 25 poll was released Monday afternoon and there are two new top-five teams and another newcomer in the top 10 after a thrilling week of the men's basketball season.

First, here's the complete AP poll:

College basketball rankings: AP Top 25 men's basketball poll 






1 Gonzaga (54) 1 3-0
2 Baylor (7) 2 3-0
3 Iowa 3 3-0
4 Michigan State 8 5-0
5 Kansas 7 4-1
6 Illinois 5 3-1
7 Houston 10 4-0
8 Creighton 9 3-0
9 Villanova 12 4-1
10 Duke 6 2-1
11 West Virginia 11 4-1
12 Tennessee 13 0-0
13 Wisconsin 4 3-1
13 Texas 17 4-1
15 Virginia Tech 16 4-0
16 North Carolina 14 3-1
17 Texas Tech 17 4-1
18 Virginia 15 3-1
19 Richmond 19 2-0
20 Florida State 22 1-0
21 Rutgers 24 3-0
22 Ohio State 23 3-0
23 Arizona State 25 3-1
24 San Diego State 24 4-0
25 Louisville 25 4-0

Others receiving votes: Michigan 107, Saint Louis 94, Florida 90, Indiana 40, Oregon 26, Oklahoma St. 26, Marquette 22, Missouri 19, UConn 12, Xavier 9, Clemson 7, Alabama 5, Washington St 3, Maryland 2, UCLA 1, SMU 1, Oklahoma 1.

The top three teams hold firm

Just like in Week 2's AP poll, the top three teams are No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Iowa. The 'Zags received 54 first-place votes, while the Bears earned seven.

Each of those three teams has played three games and won all three.

A new-look top five

Along with Texas, No. 4 Michigan State tied for the biggest week-over-week improvement in the AP poll compared to last week. The Spartans and Longhorns climbed four spots apiece. Michigan State defeated then-No. 6 Duke (on the road), Detroit and Western Michigan since the release of last week's poll.

Kansas improved two spots to No. 5 after knocking off then-No. 20 Kentucky in the Champions Classic, as well as Washburn and North Dakota State. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils dropped four spots to No. 10 and Kentucky fell out of the poll.

Texas gets the Maui Invitational bump

The Longhorns won the 2020 Maui Invitational by defeating Davidson, Indiana and North Carolina. But Texas fell to Villanova on Sunday, which likely put a ceiling on how much the Longhorns could've otherwise climbed in the AP poll. They improved from No. 17 to No. 13.

Wisconsin drops after loss to in-state rival

The Badgers fell nine spots in the latest AP poll, which was the biggest drop among teams that were ranked in both Week 2 and Week 3. Wisconsin lost at the buzzer to rival Marquette, 67-65, on Friday.

The Badgers are 3-1 on the season.

The ACC, Big Ten make up nearly half of the poll

Both the ACC and the Big Ten have six teams ranked in the latest AP poll, which gives the two conferences a combined 12 teams in the AP Top 25.

The Big Ten has No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 21 Rutgers and No. 22 Ohio State, while the ACC teams in the latest poll are No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 18 Virginia, No. 20 Florida State and No. 25 Louisville.

That sets up for a loaded ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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