AP College Basketball Poll 2020: Complete Week 5 Rankings Released

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2020

Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs (1) shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Gonzaga solidified its spot as the best team in college basketball this week, but there was drama beyond that in the latest Associated Press poll.

Several teams suffered their first losses of the season in recent days, including Iowa, Michigan State, Florida State and San Diego State. Illinois also continued its inconsistency with its third loss despite having plenty of upside.

The early start of conference play has already caused several teams to come down to earth, creating significant movement in the Week 5 rankings.


AP Poll

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Kansas

4. Iowa

5. Villanova

6. Houston

7. West Virginia

8. Tennessee

9. Wisconsin

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10. Texas

11. Rutgers

12. Michigan State

13. Creighton

14. Missouri

15. Texas Tech

16. Virginia

17. North Carolina

18. Illinois

19. Michigan

20. Duke

21. Florida State

22. Xavier

23. Ohio State

24. Virginia Tech

25. Oregon


The Big Ten had been a major story early in the season with several highly ranked teams, but the conference did not have a good week.

Iowa was No. 3 but fell to No. 4 in the latest rankings after suffering a 99-88 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga.

Luka Garza was productive as usual for the Hawkeyes, totaling 30 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, but it wasn't enough to keep up with Jalen Suggs and the Bulldogs, who shot 13-of-26 from three-point range on the way to a high-scoring win.

"They've got a lot of weapons," Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said of Gonzaga after the game. 

Gonzaga was forced to suspend its season in early December as a result of COVID-19, but the team has still put together an incredible resume to start the year:

Even without their anticipated matchup against Baylor, the Zags are well on their way to another No. 1 seed as an early favorite to win a title.

Michigan State was also on a solid path but hit a wall Sunday against Northwestern. The Wildcats earned a 79-65 win behind 30 points from Boo Buie, while the Spartans were held to 38.8 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from beyond the arc.

It was enough to drop Michigan State down to No. 12 in the poll.

Illinois also fell from No. 13 to No. 18 after its loss to Rutgers, which remains undefeated at 6-0. Ron Harper Jr. scored 28 in the 91-88 win over the Illini after scoring 27 in the win over Maryland.

It helped the Scarlet Knights climb to No. 11 in the poll, the team's highest ranking since reaching the Final Four in 1976.

Florida State had also appeared to be a top team earlier this season but suffered a brutal home loss to UCF Saturday. Brandon Mahan, Darin Green Jr. and Isaiah Adams combined to score 74 of the Knights' 86 points and it was enough to knock off an FSU team that appeared to be the ACC favorites.

The Seminoles fell to No. 21 while San Diego State dropped out of the Top 25 after its 72-62 loss to BYU.

Xavier remains an interesting team to watch after one of the most exciting moments of the week in a win over Marquette:

The 8-0 Musketeers entered the poll at No. 22 but will be tested in the coming days with both No. 13 Creighton and No. 5 Villanova on the schedule this week.

Games between Kansas and West Virginia, Gonzaga versus Virginia and Michigan State against Wisconsin highlight the rest of the exciting battles on the upcoming slate.