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Final AP Top 25 Released Before NCAA Tournament

Preseason AP poll released for 2020-2021 season

The AP College Basketball Poll released its last rankings on Monday afternoon, a day after Selection Sunday.  With an undefeated Gonzaga, the No. 1 spot remains intact after an entire season of college basketball. The Zags finished the season taking the WCC trophy home in a 10-point victory over BYU. The Bulldogs earned the No. 1 seed in the West and will take on the winner of Norfolk State and Appalachian State. 

Rounding out the top five this week is Illinois, Baylor, Michigan and Alabama. Baylor and Illinois traded at No. 2 and 3 spots, while Michigan and Alabama held steady at No. 4 and 5 respectively. It’s the highest ranking for the Illini all season, and the highest since they finished No. 1 in the AP poll in the 2004-05 season. Houston, Ohio State, Iowa, Texas and Arkansas comprise the 6-10 spots.


Big rises/falls

Texas rises 4 spots to No. 9 after beating Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament Final

Villanova drops 4 spots after a close loss against Georgetown in the quarterfinals of Big East Tournament


Here is the latest AP poll:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Illinois
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan 
  5. Alabama
  6. Houston
  7. Ohio State
  8. Iowa
  9. Texas
  10. Arkansas
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Kansas
  13. West Virginia
  14. Florida State
  15. Virginia
  16. San Diego State
  17. Loyola Chicago
  18. Villanova
  19. Creighton
  20. Purdue 
  21. Texas Tech
  22. Colorado
  23. BYU
  24. USC
  25. Virginia Tech

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