NCAA Basketball Rankings: Some movement at the top as Gonzaga rejoins the top 3

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For the first time in three weeks, there’s a change in the top three teams in the country. Tennessee and Duke stayed No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the latest AP Poll, but Gonzaga moved up to the No. 3 spot. Virginia dropped one spot to No. 4 after falling short against Duke’s hot shooting in Charlottesville, and Kentucky stayed put at No. 5.

Michigan State fell out of the top 10 after losing to Illinois, but rebounded with a win over Minnesota to land at No. 11 this week. The Big East only has two teams ranked, but both — No. 10 Marquette and No. 13 Villanova — are in the top-15.

The Big Ten and ACC led the way with six teams apiece ranked this week, followed by the Big 12 with four and the SEC with three.

Only one team — then No. 25 Cincinnati — fell out of the rankings this week after they lost to now-No. 9 Houston. This opened up a spot for K-State, the current leader in the Big 12 at 8-2 in conference play.

Check out the full poll below:

AP Poll – Week 15

Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
1 Tennessee SEC 22-1 1
2 Duke ACC 21-2 2
3 Gonzaga West Coast 23-2 4
4 Virginia ACC 20-2 3
5 Kentucky SEC 20-3 5
6 Michigan Big Ten 22-2 7
7 Nevada Mountain West 23-1 6
8 North Carolina ACC 19-4 8
9 Houston AAC 23-1 12
10 Marquette Big East 20-4 10
11 Michigan State Big Ten 19-5 9
12 Purdue Big Ten 17-6 15
13 Villanova Big East 19-5 14
14 Kansas Big 12 18-6 13
15 Texas Tech Big 12 19-5 18
16 Louisville ACC 17-7 16
17 Florida State ACC 18-5 22
18 Kansas State Big 12 18-5 NR
19 LSU SEC 19-4 21
20 Wisconsin Big Ten 17-7 19
21 Iowa Big Ten 19-5 20
22 Virginia Tech ACC 18-5 11
23 Iowa State Big 12 18-6 17
24 Maryland Big Ten 18-6 24
25 Buffalo Mid-American 20-3 23

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 76, Auburn 35, Wofford 22, Washington 17, Lipscomb 6, TCU 5, Texas 3, Clemson 1.

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