Gonzaga, UCLA, KS tops the top 25 in the AP; Michigan to No. 4

Gonzaga, UCLA, KS tops the top 25 in the AP;  Michigan to No. 4

Gonzaga, UCLA and Kansas both finished in the top three in the Associated Press’s top 25 rankings in the regular season while Michigan climbed two places to fourth.

The Bulldogs received 55 first-place votes from a 61-person media panel in the poll released Monday after the victory over Texas. The No. 2 Bruins had six first-place votes after beating Villanova and the Jayhawks came in third after beating Michigan State.

Villanova slipped to fifth place. Purdue, Duke, Texas, National Champion Baylor and Illinois top 10 winners.

Gonzaga was No. 1 in the AP’s Top 25 pre-season after last season’s reach the National Championship game. The Zags brought back key players from that team, including pre-season All-American Drew Timme, and filled in the gaps in their roster with starters and skilled transfers.

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Gonzaga was expected to beat Dixie State in the opener, then went into an early match, jumping the No. 5 Texans early on their way to a convincing win Saturday night. Timme was the catalyst, ending his career with 37 points.

UCLA faced its own early test Friday night when it hosted the then-no. 4 Villanova. The Bruins were slow early on without striker Cody Riley due to a left knee sprain, but recovered from a 10-point delay to win 86-77 at the roaring Paoli winger.

Kansas (2-0) played Michigan State with two heads with Kentucky and Doc at Madison Square Garden to open the season. The Jayhawks were strong, winning 87-74 behind Ochai Agbaji a career high of 29 points. Agbaji, who was considering leaving Lawrence to join the NBA, added 25 points in a lopsided win over Tarlton State.

“(I came back) for this. Be on this platform, be in the moment,” Agbaji said.

conference call

SEC – 6 (No. 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24)

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Big 10-5 (numbers 4, 6, 10, 19, 20)

Large 12-3 (numbers 3, 8 and 9)

Pac-12-3 (No. 2, 12, 25)

ACC – 2 (No. 7, 18)

Big East – 2 (No. 5, 23)

American Athletic – 2 (No. 11, 15)

West Coast – 1 (No. 1)

Atlantic 10-1 (No. 22)

Up and down

With matches only lasting one week, there were no big moves up or down in the first regular season poll. Texas lost three places, as did 13th place Kentucky after losing 79-71 to No. 7 Duke, who went up two places. No other teams in the poll lost or won more than two places.

inside and outside

Florida moved to the poll at number 24 after defeating Elon and defeating Florida State. Southern California moved to 25th after beating California State Northridge and Temple.

Florida fell from 20th place after losing 16 points to Florida and winning over Penn. Virginia’s 66-58 loss to the Navy eliminated the Cavaliers from 25th.

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