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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga rises up to No. 6 in latest AP poll

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A bit of movement up top let’s the Zags slide up.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at St. Mary's D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the newest No. 6 team in the country according to the latest AP poll, sliding up one spot from No. 7. The Virginia Cavaliers are also the unanimous No. 1 team in the country.

Villanova rose from No. 4 to No. 2, trading spots with Michigan State. Both Xavier and Duke stayed the same, at No. 3 and No. 5 respectively, to round out the top five.

The Bulldogs took over for the Kansas Jayhawks, who lost to Oklahoma State last week and tumbled from No. 6 to No. 9.

Elsewhere around the polls, Saint Mary’s rose from No. 22 to No. 20, showing exactly how pointless the polls are. All the teams around Saint Mary’s lost, and Saint Mary’s, whose bizarrely close win over Pepperdine on Saturday felt about as good as a loss does, found the space to move up solely by winning.

Ohio State fell from No. 13 to No. 17 after losing to Penn State in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Florida moved back into the top 25, landing at No. 23 after wins over Alabama and Kentucky.

Here is the top 25 AP poll for the week.

AP Poll - Week 18

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Virginia (65) 1,625 1
2 Villanova 1,516 4
3 Xavier 1,510 3
4 Michigan State 1,346 2
5 Duke 1,340 5
6 Gonzaga 1,254 7
7 Michigan 1,231 15
8 Cincinnati 1,213 10
9 Kansas 1,129 6
10 Purdue 1,096 8
11 Wichita State 861 11
12 North Carolina 852 9
13 Tennessee 825 16
14 Texas Tech 784 12
15 Arizona 739 19
16 Auburn 692 14
17 Ohio State 603 13
18 West Virginia 486 20
19 Clemson 422 18
20 Saint Mary's 385 22
21 Houston 247 25
22 Nevada 218 21
23 Florida 192 NR
24 Miami 191 NR
25 Rhode Island 86 17