NCAA basketball rankings: Kansas record run in Top 25 ends, Big Ten teams moving up

The top of the NCAA power rankings remain the same with Gonzaga and Baylor but for the first time in 12 years, Kansas is not in the AP Top 25.

For the first time in 231 weeks, Kansas basketball is not ranked in the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings. The Jayhawks dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time in 12 years as Bill Self’s team sits squarely on the bubble and well out of the conversation for adding another Big 12 championship banner to the rafters of Fogg Allen Fieldhouse.

While it’s a big change to glance at the Top 25 and not see Kansas ranked, there remains another constant at the top of the NCAA power rankings with Gonzaga remaining the No. 1 team in the nation. There was some conversation about whether they could drop to No. 2 with the Baylor Bears hot on their heels with an impressive resume. For now, the two remain on a collision course for a potential National Championship Game showdown.

Big Ten stalwarts Michigan and Ohio State take the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively as the great football rivalry is spilling onto the hardcourt with the Big Ten race heating up.

Villanova rounds out the rest of the top 5.

Loyola is in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of the 1984-85 season. USC is back in the Top 25 for the first time since December of 2017 and potential No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham and Oklahoma State is ranked for the first time since February of 2015.

NCAA basketball rankings AP Top 25

1. Gonzaga
2. Baylor
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. Villanova
6. Illinois
7. Texas Tech
8. Houston
9. Virginia
10. Missouri
11. Alabama
12. Oklahoma
13. Texas
14. West Virginia
15. Iowa
16. Tennessee
17. Florida State
18. Virginia Tech
19. Creighton
20. USC
21. Wisconsin
22. Loyola-Chicago
23. Oklahoma State
24. Purdue
25. Rutgers

Others receiving votes: Colorado 41, San Diego State 38, Xavier 37, UCLA 35, Florida 29, Louisville 28, Belmont 25, Kansas 18, Drake 16, Minnesota 12, North Carolina 8, St. John’s 7, Toledo 6, Clemson 6, Arkansas 3, Boise State 3, Saint Louis 2, UAB 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1, BYU 1

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