Baylor Bears stay No. 1 in AP Top 25, Arizona Wildcats rise to No. 6


The No. 1 team survived a scare against Oregon.

In a 78-70 win over Oregon, the Bears overcame their largest deficit of the season. (1:45)

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Defending national champion Baylor retained its top spot in the Associated Press men's college basketball poll, though it did lose a vote to Arizona.

A national panel that covers college basketball gave the Bears 60 of 61 first-place votes after they beat Oregon last week. Heading into a brutal stretch of games over the next three weeks, the Wildcats have climbed two spots to sixth.

Duke had three easy wins after a two-week break. The Bruins were in the middle of a COVID-19 pause, but they were still in the top five.


This is a record.

1. The Bears have 60.


2. Duke.


3. It's called Purdue.


4. There is a person named Gonzaga.


5. UCLA.


6. Arizona


7. The state of Kansas.


8. The USC.


9. Iowa State.


10. Alabama.


11. Michigan State.


12. It's auburn


13. Houston.


14. Ohio State.


15. The hall is named after Seton Hall.


16. Texas.


17. LSU.


18. There is a person named Xenia.


19. The state of Tennessee.


20. Kentucky.


21. Colorado State.


22. Providence.


23. It's Villanova.


24. The state of Wisconsin.


25. Texas Tech.


The Bears were the top ranked team last week. During their title-winning season, they never accomplished 6 Villanova. They fell behind the Ducks by four at halftime and then came back to win 78-70 in Eugene, Oregon.

This was our first road game in two years. Scott Drew, who picked up his 400th career win, said that last year everyone had limited crowds. "People want to know how important crowds are; we're the first to win on the road."

The Cats will have a chance to prove they are the best team in the country. They play Tennessee on Wednesday, then play UCLA on December 30 and USC on January 2.

A trip to Arizona State on January 8 will mean the Cats won't play a home game for 24 days.

Tommy Lloyd said he didn't know. I always tell you about Tennessee on Wednesday and Christmas. We have an opportunity on Wednesday. We've had a good start. It's a great opportunity for us to go in there and test ourselves because it's a monster.

The top of the rankings were followed by the Wildcats, followed by Kansas, and then two more unranked teams in the USC and Iowa State. Alabama fell four spots after it lost to Memphis.

"That's the best Memphis has played all year, so you have to give them a lot of credit," said the coach of the Alabama team that faces Davidson. We have a lot of work to do.

Michigan State was followed by other schools. The Pirates had a game against Iona called off, and the Buckeyes had a game against Tennessee-Martin scrapped.

LSU was the leader with a 11-0 record followed by Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Colorado State, Providence, Wisconsin, and Texas Tech were the last five.

Falling and rising.

The biggest jump this week was made by the Musketeers. The Musketeers will play two games in a row against Villanova and Connecticut in order to win the Big East title.

The biggest fall was that of Villanova, who fell from ninth to 23rd after being beaten by Creighton. The first time in a decade that they've lost consecutive games by at least 20 was in 1998-99.

Hello and goodbye.

Providence entered the poll after its win over Connecticut.

We knew that coming on the road would be a challenge. Ed Cooley said he was proud of his players' preparation. They did a great job paying attention to detail and understanding the importance of the Big East game.

Arkansas and the Huskies dropped out after they lost on the weekend.

The conference watch is on.

The Big 12 has 5.

The SEC has 5.

The Big Ten has four.

The Big East has four.

The Pac-12 has 3.

The conference has a 1 and a 2.

The West Coast has one.

American: 1

The Mountain West has one.