Two blowout wins against WCC opponents didn’t do much for Gonzaga’s standing in the AP college basketball poll.
Texas Tech (12-1) jumped from 22 to 18 following a 77-53 drubbing of No. 18 Baylor, which dropped out of the top 25. Tennessee lost to Arkansas 95-93, dropping the Volunteers from 19 to 23. Arkansas moved into the rankings at No. 22.
The Zags and Bearcats (12-2) both received 410 points. They trail Texas Tech by 73 points. No. 21 Seton Hall is 57 points behind GU and Cincinnati.
Michigan State took over the top spot with 43 first-place votes and 1,600 points, edging out Duke (21 first-place votes and 1,556 points). Both teams have one loss, with Michigan State’s coming to Duke in an early season showdown in Chicago. The Spartans were second and the Blue Devils fourth in last week’s rankings.
The last three unbeatens – Villanova, Arizona State and TCU – all absorbed setbacks last week. Villanova slipped from first to third after falling to Butler 101-93.
Villanova took over the top spot after routing Gonzaga 88-72 on Dec. 5 in New York City. The Wildcats were No. 1 for three weeks.
Arizona State dropped one spot to No. 4 after a narrow loss to rival Arizona, which climbed three spots to No. 14.
Xavier, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wichita State and Kansas rounded out the top 10. Oklahoma has surged to No. 7 after being unranked prior to the Dec. 18 poll.
Texas A&M fell from No. 5 to No. 11 after suffering a 79-57 loss to Alabama. No. 16 TCU also dropped six positions following a 90-89 loss to Oklahoma.
No. 25 Creighton, which lost to Gonzaga a month ago, went 1-1 and dropped out of the rankings.