X

AP College Basketball Poll 2020: Complete Week 6 Rankings Released

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 28, 2020

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) reacts after making a 3-point basket against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Ron Jenkins/Associated Press

The Top Three of the Associated Press men's basketball poll stayed the same for the second straight week, as Gonzaga, Baylor and Kansas maintained their positioning in that order. 

However, No. 4 Iowa fell to 10th following a 102-95 loss to unranked Minnesota. Other fallers include No. 11 Rutgers, which dropped to No. 14 following an 80-68 defeat to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are now ranked No. 25.

No. 6 Wisconsin proved it belongs in the Top 10 with an 85-76 win over Michigan State, which fell from No. 12 to No. 17 on Monday.

Here's a look at the Dec. 28 edition of the AP men's basketball poll, as well as some notes on the Top Five teams.

        

AP Poll

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Kansas

4. Villanova

5. Houston

6. Wisconsin

7. Tennessee

8. Texas

9. West Virginia

10. Iowa

11. Creighton

12. Missouri

13. Texas Tech

14. Rutgers

15. Illinois

16. Michigan

17. Michigan State

18. Florida State

19. Northwestern

20. Duke

21. Oregon

22. Minnesota

23. Virginia

24. Virginia Tech

25. Ohio State

       

Gonzaga Maintains No. 1 Spot

The Bulldogs have held the Associated Press poll's No. 1 spot since the preseason. That will stay the same throughout the remainder of the 2020 calendar year after Gonzaga beat Northwestern State twice (95-57 and 95-78) before taking down No. 16 Virginia, 98-75.

Gonzaga's dominance of the Cavaliers, a tough ACC team that ranks 11th in defense in the KenPom.com ratings, was particularly noteworthy.

The Bulldogs shot 60.3 percent from the field as Corey Kispert and Drew Timme combined for 61 points on 18-of-30 shooting. Gonzaga led 44-31 at the half before pouring in 54 points in the final 20 minutes.

     

Baylor Cruises in Lone Test

The Baylor Bears only played one game this week, but they won it in resounding fashion: a 99-42 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Baylor led 39-4 after 15 minutes and entered halftime with a 55-12 edge. The Baylor defense held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to just 19.3 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Baylor is one of two teams to rank top-10 in offense and defense on KenPom.com, with the other being Wisconsin.

The Bears cruised in their only test against a Top 25 team this year, defeating then-No. 5 Illinois (now No. 15) by an 82-69 score in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 5.

    

Kansas Topples West Virginia in Top 10 Battle

No Top Five team faced a stiffer test than No. 3 Kansas last week, as the Jayhawks hosted No. 7 West Virginia last Tuesday.

That wasn't a problem for Kansas, which took down the Mountaineers 79-65. Five Jayhawks scored in double figures, and Christian Braun paced the team with 22. David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji each added double-doubles.

KU trailed 40-37 early in the second half but later used an 11-0 run to turn a slight 49-47 edge into a commanding 60-47 lead.

West Virginia couldn't cut the deficit to fewer than nine, and Kansas ended up with a huge Big 12 win.

    

Villanova Crushes Marquette in Big East Bout

Villanova's 81-73 loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 28 is a distant memory. The Wildcats have rolled off six straight wins by an average of 17.8 points per game ever since, capped off by an 85-68 victory over Marquette last Wednesday.

Three of those victories have come against Big East opponents, and a fourth occurred against Texas, which was No. 10 when the two teams played each other Dec. 6.

As for the Marquette game, Villanova guard Collin Gillespie paced Wildcat scorers with 22 points. Four other Villanova players scored in double digits, and big man Jeremiah Robinson-Earl posted a 13-point, seven-rebound stat line.

Villanova also committed just four turnovers, while Marquette had 17.

     

Houston Stays Undefeated with Victory over UCF

Houston entered the Top Five this week after moving to 7-0 with a 76-50 win over Temple and a 63-54 victory against UCF.

The Cougars defense was sensational in the Temple game, holding the Owls to just 28.9 percent shooting. Houston also dominated the boards with 43 compared to Temple's 26. On offense, Quentin Grimes led Houston with 22 points.

The Cougars faced a tougher challenge against UCF and found themselves tied at 25 at halftime.

However, Houston's defense dominated the second half, holding the Knights to just one made field goal in the final 8:50.

🚨 SPORTS NEWS ➡️ YOUR INBOX

The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.