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.

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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)

RANK TEAM CONFERENCE RECORD LAST WEEK
1 Gonzaga West Coast 29-2 1
2 Virginia ACC 28-2 2
3 North Carolina ACC 26-5 3
4 Kentucky SEC 26-5 6
5 Duke ACC 26-5 4
6 Michigan State Big Ten 25-6 9
7 Texas Tech Big 12 26-5 8
8 Tennessee SEC 27-4 5
9 LSU SEC 26-5 10
10 Michigan Big Ten 26-5 7
11 Houston AAC 29-2 12
12 Florida State ACC 25-6 14
13 Purdue Big Ten 23-8 11
14 Nevada Mountain West 28-3 17
15 Kansas State Big 12 24-7 18
16 Virginia Tech ACC 23-7 15
17 Kansas Big 12 23-8 13
18 Buffalo Mid-American Conference 28-3 19
19 Wisconsin Big Ten 22-9 21
20 Wofford Southern 28-4 22
21 Maryland Big Ten 22-9 24
22 Auburn SEC 22-9 22
23 Marquette Big East 23-8 16
24 Cincinnati AAC 25-6 20
25 Villanova Big East 22-9 23