Gonzaga’s stay at No. 1 has now reached 12 consecutive weeks and its stay in The Associated Press men’s college basketball rankings is at 90 consecutive weeks.
The former is a school record and the latter is the longest active streak in the nation. Kansas, which has lost five of its past seven games, dropped out of the rankings for the first time in 12 seasons (Feb. 2, 2009).
Gonzaga had 55 first-place votes from the media panel, down six from last Monday, and 1,567 points. No. 2 Baylor picked up five first-place votes (eight overall) and trails GU by 47 points. The margin was 58 last week.
Baylor’s next four games have been postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The Bears’ next scheduled game is Feb. 20 against Oklahoma State.
There were big changes in the rest of the top 10 behind GU and Baylor, the only two unbeatens remaining in Division I. Michigan, currently on a COVID-19 pause, moved up to third and Ohio State jumped from seventh to fourth.
Villanova slipped from third to fifth. No. 6 Illinois and No. 7 Texas Tech both climbed up six spots. Houston dropped from fifth to eighth. No. 9 Virginia is back in the top 10. Missouri soared eight spots to No. 10.
Bluebloods Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA are all unranked for the first time since 1961.
The Jayhawks, who lost to Gonzaga 102-90 in the season opener, are 12-7, 6-5 in the Big 12. Kentucky is 5-12 overall and 10th in the Southeastern Conference.
Duke (7-7, 5-5) is tied for eighth in the ACC. North Carolina is 12-6, 7-4. UCLA (13-4) fell out of the rankings after falling to USC on Saturday. The Trojans moved into the rankings at No. 20.
None of the top 13 winningest programs in history are ranked in the current top 25.
The Zags have victories over Virginia, No. 14 West Virginia and No. 15 Iowa.
Brigham Young received one point.
The voting totals stayed the same in the USA Today poll for the second consecutive week. Gonzaga received 28 first-place votes and 796 points, followed by No. 2 Baylor with four-first place votes and 772 points.
Baylor remained No. 1 in the NET rankings, the NCAA’s primary seeding and sorting tool, for the fourth consecutive Monday. Gonzaga was second, followed by Michigan, Illinois and Houston. West Coast Conference teams BYU is 27, Saint Mary’s 64 and San Francisco No. 84.
The Bears and Zags are 1-2 in KenPom’s rankings.