AP College Basketball Poll 2019: Complete Week 9 Rankings Released

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 30, 2019

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 21: Filip Petrusev #3 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs puts up a shot against Mason Peatling #14 of the Eastern Washington Eagles in the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center on December 21, 2019 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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The men's college basketball season achieved some measure of stability at the top of the Associated Press poll as Gonzaga maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot for the second straight week.  

However, Ohio State and Louisville dropped from the Top Three after losses to West Virginia and Kentucky, respectively.

Therefore, one of the most chaotic men's college hoops seasons in recent memory continued as 2019 comes to an end.

Of note, six teams have assumed the No. 1 perch this season, but losses have dropped Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Louisville and Kansas from those spots. No team has been on top for more than two weeks.

We'll soon find out if Gonzaga can be the first team this season to maintain a No. 1 hold for three weeks, but until then, here's a look at the Week 9 Associated Press poll with some notes on some of Division I's top teams.

                     

Division I Men's Basketball Associated Press Poll

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1. Gonzaga

2. Duke

3. Kansas

4. Oregon

5. Ohio State

6. Baylor

7. Louisville

8. Auburn

9. Memphis

10. Villanova

11. Butler

12. Michigan

13. San Diego State

14. Michigan State

15. Maryland

16. West Virginia

17. Kentucky

18. Florida State

19. Virginia

20. Dayton

21. Penn State

22. Texas Tech

23. Iowa

24. Wichita State

25. Arizona

                                       

Gonzaga didn't leave any doubt about its No. 1 ranking after scoring 64 first-half points en route to beating Eastern Washington 112-77 in its lone game last week. Filip Petrusev dropped 24 points in just 25 minutes, and Admon Gilder added 22 off the bench.

The Bulldogs may be on top for a while. They are the most efficient offensive team in the nation, per KenPom.com, thanks in part to leading scorer Petrusev and his 16.7 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting. Gonzaga shoots 50.2 percent as a team and 39.2 percent from the three-point line.

The Bulldogs are clear favorites against Detroit, Portland and Pepperdine this week. Wins in those three should make them the first team this season to stay at No. 1 for three weeks.

But Gonzaga generally plays a far easier schedule than other Top 25 teams given its mid-major spot in the Western Coast Conference.

The conference is a prime candidate to send three teams to the NCAA tournament, with Saint Mary's and BYU ranked 26th and 38th, respectively, in the latest KenPom list.

However, no one else is in the Top 75, and Gonzaga will largely avoid Saint Mary's and BYU until early February, with the home BYU matchup Jan. 18. The Bulldogs will have home and road matchups against the Gaels and will pay a visit to the Cougars.

The rest of the Top 10 saw some movement due to the Ohio State and Louisville losses.

OSU went cold in the second half and saw West Virginia freshman Miles McBride score 21 points en route to 67-59 defeat. Louisville fell to then-No. 19 Kentucky 78-70 in overtime, with UK freshman guard Tyrese Maxey dropping a game-high 27 points.

Duke sneaked into second after beating Brown 75-50.

The Blue Devils' lone loss was a 85-83 overtime upset defeat to Stephen F. Austin, although the 11-2 Lumberjacks may be positioning themselves as an NCAA tournament sleeper team come March thanks to their good start. Duke has largely impressed, also taking down Kansas and Michigan State.

Elsewhere, Memphis beat New Orleans 97-55, although the Tigers' performance sans potential No. 1 NBA draft pick James Wiseman will be one to watch as the season goes along. Wiseman withdrew from school Dec. 19 to focus on his NBA preparations.

The pollsters don't have as much respect for undefeated Auburn and San Diego State as one might think. Those two have thus far survived the gauntlet that is the 2019-20 season as the only unscathed teams. Still, the Tigers and Aztecs are outside of the Top Five heading into the 2020 calendar year.

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