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College basketball rankings: Duke takes a tumble in new AP Top 25 poll, Gonzaga moves up to No. 2

Duke took its first loss of the calendar year over the weekend in a stunning 76-74 defeat to Miami, making it one of the most high-profile fallers in Monday’s updated AP Top 25 poll. The Blue Devils came in at No. 8 on the heels of the loss, its first at home since February of last season. It’s the first time since Dec. 13, 2021, Duke is not ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll.

The shakeup at the top wasn’t exclusive to Durham, either, as Purdue, which had been ranked No. 3 for a month, also took a loss last week in 74-69 fashion to Wisconsin. The Boilermakers fell only four spots to No. 7. Kansas, another top-10 team from last week, also took a loss but fell only three spots from No. 6 to No. 9.

It wasn’t all tumbling for teams in this week’s poll, though, as Wisconsin made the biggest leap among 12 teams that moved up with a 10-spot leap from No. 23 to No. 13. LSU came in with the second-highest rise by moving up nine spots to No. 12 following wins over ranked Kentucky and Tennessee teams.

Meanwhile at the top of the poll, Baylor clung to its No. 1 unanimous ranking by receiving all 61 first-place votes. However, the top-five got a complete makeover with Gonzaga moving up two spots to No. 2, UCLA moving up two spots to No. 3, Auburn climbing five spots to No. 4 and USC moving from No. 7 to No. 5, the Trojans’ highest ranking since they were No. 5 in December 1974.

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AP Top 25

1. Baylor (61)

2. Gonzaga

3. UCLA

4. Auburn

5. USC

6. Arizona

7. Purdue

8. Duke

9. Kansas

10. Michigan State

11. Houston

12. LSU

13. Wisconsin

14. Villanova

15. Iowa State

16. Ohio State

17. Xavier

18. Kentucky

19. Texas Tech

20. Seton Hall

21. Texas

22. Tennessee

23. Providence

24. Alabama

25. Illinois

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 122, Loyola Chicago 96, Miami 65, West Virginia 20, UConn 17, Indiana 12, Colorado St. 10, San Diego State 9, Davidson 5, San Francisco 2, Iowa 2, BYU 2.

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