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Baylor remains unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; USC hits No. 5

Baylor remains unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; USC hits No. 5

Reigning nationwide champion Baylor isn’t basically exhibiting any signal of loosening its grip on No. 1.

The Bears remained the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press males’s college basketball poll for the fourth time in five weeks. That came after Baylor (15-0) beat Oklahoma and TCU final week to push its winning rush to 21 video games relationship to final 300 and sixty five days’s title chase in the Indianapolis bubble.

That rush is the third longest in the Mountainous 12’s 26-300 and sixty five days history, trailing Baylor’s 23-sport chase in 2019-20 and Kansas’ 22-sport stretch in 1996-97. The Bears enter this week because the handiest crew in the cease 10 of KenPom’s adjusted effectivity rankings for both offense (120.6 capabilities per 100 possessions) and defense (89.6).

They trailed by nine early in the 2d half of of Saturday’s preserve at TCU, but ended up winning by double figures for the 12th time this 300 and sixty five days.

“I delight in for individuals who’re a No. 1 crew, every person goes to stare at you in instances love this,” level guard James Akinjo said. “They must stare the attain you acknowledge.”

So a long way, it be been true sufficient to cease in space on the cease.

THE TOP TIER

No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 UCLA every climbed two spots after losses by Duke and Purdue, while Auburn and Southern California were original additions to the cease five.

For the Tigers, they jumped five spots after beating South Carolina and Florida to push their winning rush to 11 video games. Then there were the Trojans, who climbed two spots to their most realistic ranking since final reaching No. 5 in December 1974 after beating California on Thursday.

USC (13-0) joins Baylor because the final two unbeaten groups in Division I males’s basketball.

Arizona, Purdue, Duke, Kansas and Michigan Command rounded out a reshuffled community of the the same high-10 groups from final week.

RISING

No. 13 Wisconsin had the most piquant jump on this week’s poll, leaping 10 spots after upsetting the then-No. 3 Boilermakers along with beating Iowa and Maryland in Mountainous Ten play. The Purdue and Maryland wins were on the avenue.

“For me, knock on wooden, this community has been terrific,” Badgers coach Greg Gard said after the Iowa preserve. “I’m in a position to’t even get enraged at them. They gorgeous give me everything they’ve obtained dang discontinuance to daily. They haven’t had a wrong day — seemingly a snippet of a wrong day, but they rapid corrected it.”

No. 12 LSU became the various sizable riser, mountain climbing nine spots after wins in opposition to ranked Kentucky and Tennessee groups.

In all, 12 groups climbed in Monday’s poll, along with No. 19 Texas Tech (six spots), No. 14 Villanova (five) and No. 17 Xavier (five).

SLIDING

No. 24 Alabama had the most piquant plunge, sliding nine spots after shedding to a Missouri crew that became 6-7 coming into the game. No. 21 Texas and No. 23 Providence every fell seven spots because the week’s diverse sizable tumblers.

In all, 10 groups fell in the poll, along with the Blue Devils falling six spots after shedding at dwelling to Miami on Saturday night of their 2d sport assist from a COVID-19 outbreak.

STATUS QUO

Baylor and Michigan Command were the week’s handiest groups to gain their space from final week.

WELCOME

Illinois re-entered the poll at No. 25 after opening the 300 and sixty five days at No. 11 but falling out earlier than the cease of November. That came after the AP Top 25 featured no original groups for every of the previous two weeks.

FAREWELL (FOR NOW)

Colorado Command (No. 20) fell out of the poll to cling room for Illinois after its 30-level loss at San Diego Command on Saturday, marking its first loss this season.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Mountainous 12, Mountainous Ten and Southeastern conferences every had five ranked groups, adopted by the Mountainous East with four and the Pac-12 with three — all coming in the cease six.

The Atlantic Flit, American Athletic and West Flit conferences every had one ranked crew.

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Practice Aaron Beard on Twitter at https://twitter.com/aaronbeardap

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