Marquette continues free fall to No. 23, Badgers move up to No. 19
No. 23 Marquette had the biggest fall of the week in the latest AP Top 25 poll, sliding seven spots after closing the regular season on a four-game losing streak. The Wisconsin Badgers moved up two spots after winning both of their games the last week over Iowa and Ohio State.
Elsewhere in college basketball, Gonzaga, Virginia and North Carolina remain 1-2-3 atop an otherwise reshuffled top 10.
The Zags sit on top for a third straight week, earning 41 of 64 first-place votes on Monday. And the Cavaliers also stayed put behind Gonzaga for a third straight week, claiming the remaining 23 first-place votes.
Gonzaga (29-2) didn’t play last week after wrapping up its regular-season schedule on March 2. The Zags return to the court against Pepperdine on Monday night to start play in the West Coast Conference Tournament. Virginia (28-2) and UNC (26-5) finished tied atop the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings with wins Saturday.
Kentucky was fourth, followed by Duke — which lost for a second time to the rival Tar Heels without freshman star Zion Williamson, though coach Mike Krzyzewski has said the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson could be ready for this week’s ACC Tournament.
Michigan State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, LSU and Michigan rounded out the top 10.
Preseason No. 1 Kansas fell to No. 17 for its lowest ranking since the 2013-14 season, which followed last week’s end of the Jayhawks’ 14-year run of winning at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title.
Auburn is the only addition at No. 22, returning for the first time since mid-January and after peaking at No. 7 in December. UCF slid out from its No. 25 ranking in the last poll.
AP TOP 25 POLL — WEEK 19 (released March 11)
|6||Michigan State||Big Ten||25-6||9|
|7||Texas Tech||Big 12||26-5||8|
|15||Kansas State||Big 12||24-7||18|
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