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College basketball rankings: Rumble at the top, Zags rise up a spot

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Say hello to the new co-No. 19 team in the nation!

NCAA Basketball: Santa Clara at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

There was quite the dust up in the top 10, with multiple teams losing, some plummeting, and a new No. 1 team crowned in the latest AP top 25 poll.

Villanova, after losing to Butler, dropped down to the No. 3 spot, although one voter insisted that wasn’t enough to drop them from the overall top spot. Nova still received one first place vote. In their place, Michigan State resumed their steady rise to the top, with Duke following suit as the No. 2 team.

Texas A&M had a rather tough week, dropping out of the top 10, to a mere No. 11.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs rose one spot to No. 19, but it might as well read No. 19/20. The Zags received the same number of votes as Cincinnati. The Zags, for their part, are probably going to hang around this area until wins over Saint Mary’s or BYU materialize. Yay WCC!

Here is the full rankings for the week:

AP Poll - Week 9

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Michigan State (43) 1,600 2
2 Duke (21) 1,556 4
3 Villanova (1) 1,444 1
4 Arizona State 1,336 3
5 Xavier 1,325 6
6 West Virginia 1,304 7
7 Oklahoma 1,160 12
8 Wichita State 1,048 9
9 Virginia 1,026 8
10 Kansas 963 11
11 Texas A&M 894 5
12 North Carolina 890 13
13 Purdue 883 14
14 Arizona 832 17
15 Miami 782 15
16 TCU 760 10
17 Kentucky 742 16
18 Texas Tech 483 22
19 Gonzaga 410 20
19 Cincinnati 410 21
21 Seton Hall 353 23
22 Arkansas 254 NR
23 Tennessee 198 19
24 Florida State 119 24
25 Clemson 104 NR
Others receiving votes: Baylor 83, Creighton 54, Notre Dame 37, Butler 23, UCLA 14, Texas 10, St. Bonaventure 7, SMU 5, Syracuse 4, Auburn 4, Rhode Island 2, Nevada 2, Alabama 1, Mississippi State 1, New Mexico State 1, NC State 1