AP College Basketball Poll 2020: Complete Week 16 Rankings Released

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2020

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 10: Jared Butler #12 of the Baylor Bears moves with the ball against the Texas Longhorns at The Frank Erwin Center on February 10, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
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With regular-season play just a few weeks from ending, a sense of calm has washed over the top of the Associated Press poll. 

The nation's top four teams are unchanged for a second straight week, with No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Gonzaga continuing to lead the pack. Kansas and the sport's lone undefeated, San Diego State, round out the top four, while Dayton moved into the fifth slot.

Here is a look at how the entire Top 25 played out:

1. Baylor

2. Gonzaga

3. Kansas

4. San Diego State

5. Dayton

6. Duke

7. Maryland

8. Florida State

9. Penn State

10. Kentucky

11. Louisville

12. Villanova

13. Auburn

14. Oregon

15. Creighton

16. Seton Hall

17. West Virginia

18. Colorado

19. Marquette

20. Iowa

21. Butler

22. Houston

23. BYU

24. Arizona

25. Ohio State

Only three of the nation's Top 10 teams—Louisville, Florida State and Seton Hall—lost a game over the last week.

Louisville and Seton Hall fared the worst, each dropping a pair and seeing their seed projections take a tumble. The Cardinals dropped six spots to No. 11 after two frustrating road losses against Georgia Tech and Clemson, teams that are a combined 25-25 on the season. 

"The teams we're playing are too together and we're not right now," Louisville coach Chris Mack told reporters. "It's unfortunate, but it happens sometimes and my job is to keep our team on course and get better."

Seton Hall remains atop the Big East standings but was undone by the conference's gauntlet, dropping a home game to Creighton and a road trip to Providence by a combined eight points. Alpha Diallo went off for a career-best performance, scoring 35 points to get the Friars back above the .500 mark in the conference.

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard called out his team after the loss.

"We have some guys with bad attitudes right now, to be perfectly honest with you," Willard said in a postgame radio interview, per Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press. "When you have a bad attitude and you're pouting and complaining that you're not playing enough time, yet your team is 10-2, you have issues."

"It's amazing to me that, when we lost to Xavier I saw a team that bounced back and was hungry to go to Georgetown and get it. When we lost to Creighton the other day and we played terrible (in practice), and I'm sitting in practice and I'm thinking, I've got a guy moody that doesn't want to go through practice who hardly played. I have another guy who played 25 minutes that can't make a shot and didn't have a rebound. I have another guy that got embarrassed defensively."

On the opposite end, Penn State continued its meteoric rise up the rankings and sits at No. 9, its highest ranking since 1996. The Nittany Lions have reeled off eight straight victories and are just one game out of first place in the Big Ten.

Creighton's eight-spot leap to No. 15 is the biggest among Top 25 teams.

No. 23 BYU, No. 24 Arizona and No. 25 Ohio State round out the new teams that made it into the rankings. 

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