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Kansas men remain No. 2 in Associated Press poll; Tennessee women fall out

Wayne Selden and the Jayhawks kept their grip on the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press poll.
Wayne Selden and the Jayhawks kept their grip on the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press poll. The Associated Press

Villanova remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll, holding its comfortable lead over Kansas.

The Wildcats, 24-3, received 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday for its third week on top of the poll. Kansas, 23-4, was No. 1 on 20 ballots and remained in second.

Villanova will have its toughest test yet as the top-ranked team when the Wildcats travel to No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday.

Oklahoma and Virginia are tied for third and are followed in the top 10 by Xavier, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona and Maryland. No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 22 Utah return to the rankings this week, replacing Dayton, which dropped out from 15th, and Providence, which was 23rd.

West Virginia is ranked No. 14, Iowa State is 17th, Baylor is No. 19 and Texas is ranked 25th.

The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference remained tied at the top with six teams each. The Big Ten held third with five ranked teams.

After a two-week absence, Missouri moved back into the women’s poll Monday at No. 24.

The Tigers, 21-6 and 8-6 in the Southeastern Conference, only played one game last week, a 69-55 road win Sunday at Auburn, but that win was enough to get coach Robin Pingeton’s crew back in the national rankings.

Missouri had climbed as high No. 20 earlier in the season

Of course, the bigger news is who dropped out of the poll.

Tennessee, which had been ranked for a record 565 consecutive weeks, fell out of the poll for the first time since Feb. 10, 1985 — more than eight months before the Royals would win their first World Series title.

The Volunteers, are 16-11 overall and 7-7 in conference this season, have only been unranked in 16 weeks since the polls inception in 1976.

Tennessee, which was No. 1 for 103 weeks, top five for 407 weeks and top 10 for 506 weeks during its poll run, currently sits in ninth place in the SEC, one game behind a Tigers team that’s in a five-way tie for fourth place.

Undefeated Connecticut remained in the No. 1 spot and now owns the nation’s longest poll streak at 428 straight weeks.

It’s also the 200th week in program history the Huskies, 26-0, have been the nation’s top-ranked team. It would take Connecticut roughly another seven years to match Tennessee’s record.

Florida also fell from this week’s poll, which still includes five SEC teams — No. 3 South Carolina, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 15 Kentucky and No. 16 Mississippi State.

The Tigers play at the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Thursday and wrap up the regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday against Vanderbilt at Mizzou Arena.

The Big 12 has four teams — No. 4 Baylor, No. 8 Texas, No. 22 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Oklahoma — in the poll.

AP Top 25 men’s poll

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 21, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Villanova (45)

24-3

1,604

1

2. Kansas (20)

23-4

1,580

2

3. Oklahoma

21-5

1,393

3

3. Virginia

21-5

1,393

7

5. Xavier

24-3

1,368

8

6. Michigan St.

22-5

1,346

8

7. North Carolina

22-5

1,241

5

8. Iowa

20-6

1,144

4

9. Arizona

22-5

1,028

12

10. Maryland

23-5

976

6

11. Louisville

21-6

902

18

12. Miami

21-5

851

11

13. Oregon

21-6

842

16

14. West Virginia

20-7

772

10

15. Duke

20-7

674

20

16. Kentucky

20-7

627

14

17. Iowa St.

19-8

616

13

18. Indiana

22-6

571

22

19. Baylor

20-7

521

25

20. Purdue

21-7

357

17

21. Texas A&M

20-7

283

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22. Utah

21-7

253

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23. Notre Dame

18-8

185

19

24. SMU

22-4

154

21

25. Texas

17-10

104

24

Others receiving votes: Dayton 80, Providence 48, California 34, Wichita St. 33, Texas Tech 31, Wisconsin 27, Saint Joseph’s 20, VCU 19, Hawaii 12, South Carolina 12, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 10, Cincinnati 3, Valparaiso 3, San Diego St. 2, Southern Cal 2, Stephen F. Austin 1, UAB 1, UALR 1, UConn 1.

Tod Palmer’s ballot: 1. Villanova, 2. Kansas, 3. Virginia, 4. Xavier, 5. Michigan State, 6. Oklahoma, 7. Iowa, 8. North Carolina, 9. Miami (Fla.), 10. Oregon, 11. Arizona, 12. Kentucky, 13. West Virginia, 14. Utah, 15. SMU, 16. Indiana, 17. Iowa State, 18. Louisville, 19. Duke, 20. Maryland, 21. California, 22. Texas A&M, 23. Baylor, 24. Dayton, 25. Providence.

AP Top 25 women’s poll

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 21, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. UConn (32)

26-0

800

1

2. Notre Dame

25-1

756

2

3. South Carolina

25-1

746

3

4. Baylor

27-1

704

4

5. Ohio St.

23-4

656

5

6. Maryland

25-3

623

6

7. Oregon St.

24-3

608

7

8. Texas

24-1

581

8

9. Arizona St.

24-4

563

9

10. Louisville

22-6

508

11

11. Texas A&M

20-7

463

12

12. Florida St.

21-5

421

10

13. Stanford

22-6

409

15

14. UCLA

20-7

387

12

15. Kentucky

19-6

338

16

16. Mississippi St.

22-6

319

14

17. Miami

22-5

258

18

18. Syracuse

22-6

241

23

19. DePaul

23-7

221

21

20. Michigan St.

20-7

134

25

21. South Florida

19-7

131

19

22. Oklahoma St.

19-7

94

17

23. Oklahoma

18-8

91

20

24. Missouri

21-6

76

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25. Colorado St.

24-1

58

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Others receiving votes: Florida 55 BYU 50 West Virginia 42, Georgia 23, UTEP 14, Arkansas St. 7, Oregon 7, Green Bay 5, Florida Gulf Coast 4, Duquesne 3, Tennessee 2, Washington 2.

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