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Gonzaga is Still the Best Team

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Baylor is back to No. 2.

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The world has returned to normal, with the Gonzaga Bulldogs owning a large majority of the first-place votes in the latest AP Poll and the Baylor Bears occupying the No. 2 spot.

For a short week, the Michigan Wolverines laid their claim to the second-best team in college basketball. However, since the great Michigan/TSSF Twitter War of 2021, the Wolverines have gone 1-2 and dropped to fourth place.

Baylor rose back up to No. 2 from No. 3 and Illinois rightfully jumped past Michigan for No. 3. Iowa stayed at No. 5 to round out the top five.

Elsewhere around the poll, the BYU Cougars remain on the outside looking in, and, barring an upset in the WCC Championship tomorrow night, will most likely finish the season as the one of the better teams in college basketball, but not one of the top 25.

Also, in an interesting note, someone must’ve accidentally voted for the San Diego Toreros instead of the San Diego State Aztecs.

Here is the full AP poll for the week.

AP Poll - Week 16

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (61) 1,573 1
2 Baylor (2) 1,510 3
3 Illinois 1,438 4
4 Michigan 1,382 2
5 Iowa 1,314 5
6 Alabama 1,239 8
7 Houston 1,173 9
8 Arkansas 1,046 12
9 Ohio State 1,032 7
10 West Virginia 919 6
11 Kansas 873 13
12 Oklahoma State 851 17
13 Texas 802 15
14 Villanova 729 10
15 Florida State 687 11
16 Virginia 531 21
17 Creighton 510 14
18 Loyola Chicago 488 20
19 San Diego State 462 19
20 Texas Tech 389 18
20 Purdue 389 23
22 Virginia Tech 266 22
23 Colorado 209 24
24 USC 175 NR
25 Oklahoma 172 16
Others receiving votes: BYU 93, Oregon 67, Connecticut 53, Clemson 25, Wisconsin 24, Tennessee 14, Wichita State 13, St. Bonaventure 11, Winthrop 7, Virginia Commonwealth 4, LSU 2, San Diego 1, Michigan State 1, UC Santa Barbara 1