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Gonzaga narrowly returns to No. 1 over Auburn

Field Level Media
18 Jan 2022, 04:19 GMT+10

Gonzaga returned to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday despite Auburn receiving more first-place votes.

Auburn (16-1) received 36 first-place votes to 25 for Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs (14-2) took the top spot by four points over the Tigers -- 1,486 to 1,482. Gonzaga opened the season at No. 1.

The shakeup at the top comes after erstwhile No. 1 Baylor (15-2) lost two games this past week. The Bears dropped to No. 5.

Arizona (14-1) penetrated the Top 5, jumping three spots to No. 3. Purdue (14-2) also ascended three spots to No. 4.

Pac-12 teams UCLA (11-2) and Southern Cal (14-2) were the week's biggest fallers. The Bruins dropped six spots to No. 9 while the Trojans plummeted 11 spots to No. 16. Both teams lost at home to unranked Oregon while the Trojans also lost at Stanford.

Duke (14-2) and Kansas (14-2) jumped two spots to Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Wisconsin (14-2) jumped into the top 10 at No. 8 while Houston (15-2) rounded out the Top 10 behind the Bruins.

Illinois (13-3) was the week's big jumper, ascending eight spots to No. 17.

Loyola-Chicago (13-2) and UConn (11-4) entered the poll this week. The Huskies are back in for the first time since Dec. 13 at No. 25. Loyola-Chicago leapfrogged to No. 22.

Alabama and Seton Hall fell out of the Top 25. The Pirates dropped both of their road games while the Crimson Tide lost to Auburn and at Mississippi State.

--Field Level Media

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