Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Gonzaga, UCLA remain 1-2 in Top 25 poll as showdown awaits

Field Level Media
23 Nov 2021, 05:40 GMT+10

Gonzaga and UCLA held on to the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday, setting up a clash of the nation's top teams on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Gonzaga (4-0) received 55 first-place votes, with UCLA earning five and Purdue the final vote. The Zags held the No. 1 spot in each weekly poll in 2020-21 and started this season as preseason No. 1.

The Bruins (4-0) try to finally dethrone Gonzaga when they meet in a rematch of the thrilling national semifinal, which the Zags won 93-90 last April.

Both Gonzaga and UCLA have a win over a top five team this season - Gonzaga against Texas and UCLA over Villanova - but this game likely has been circled by both teams since the schedule came out.

The rest of the top 10 shuffled while Gonzaga and UCLA stayed put.

Purdue (5-0) jumped three spots to No. 3, followed by Kansas (3-0) and Duke (5-0).

At No. 6 is defending national champion Baylor (3-0), up three places, trailed by Villanova (3-2), Texas (3-1) and Memphis (4-0). Kentucky (3-1), which rose three places, and Alabama (4-0), up four spots, jointly hold No. 10.

Plummeting out of the Top 10, falling from No. 4 to 20, was Michigan. The Wolverines lost 75-55 to Seton Hall and 80-62 to Arizona, both of which entered the Top 25.

Arizona (5-0) is No. 17, with Seton Hall (3-0) at No. 21.

Also entering the Top 25 was BYU at No. 18 following an 81-49 win over previous No. 12 Oregon. The thumping sent the Ducks out of the ranking.

Also falling out of the Top 25 were Ohio State and North Carolina.

--Field Level Media

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