AP College Basketball Poll 2021: Complete Week 14 Rankings Released

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2021

Michigan's Chaundee Brown, left, and Franz Wagner celebrates their win over Ohio State after an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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There was no change in the top five of latest Associated Press poll, but there was still some movement after losses from three of the top seven teams from last week's rankings. 

A top-five battle between Michigan and Ohio State was the highlight of the gameweek—and potentially the season—with the Wolverines pulling out a 92-87 win Sunday. Houston and Virginia weren't quite as impressive while losing to unranked teams.

Gonzaga remained boring, tallying two more blowouts to get to 22-0. The Bulldogs' dominance makes it easy for voters to slot them in at No. 1 each week, although there were plenty of tough calls down the line in the Top 25 heading into Week 14.

                     

AP Poll

1. Gonzaga

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2. Baylor

3. Michigan

4. Ohio State

5. Illinois

6. Alabama

7. Oklahoma

8. Villanova

9. Iowa

10. West Virginia

11. Florida State

12. Houston

13. Creighton

14. Texas

15. Virginia

16. Virginia Tech

17. Kansas

18. Texas Tech

19. USC

20. Arkansas

21. Loyola-Chicago

22. San Diego State

23. Wisconsin

24. Missouri

25. Tennessee

             

One game stood above the rest this week, with Michigan and Ohio State battling in a rivalry that had higher stakes than usual.

Both teams played well, but Hunter Dickinson was the difference for Michigan with 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. His strength in the post was nearly unstoppable.

It was an important win for the Wolverines, who are planning a deep run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, although it didn't do much to affect the rankings. Michigan and Ohio State remained at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Virginia's brutal week had much bigger consequences.

The Cavaliers went from No. 7 to No. 15 after losing by one at Duke and by 21 at Florida State. Defense has been the standard for Virginia in the past, but this year's incarnation hasn't been quite as good on that end of the court.

"We haven't been real sound defensively this year," head coach Tony Bennett told reporters after Saturday's loss to Duke. "Keep working at it, and at some point you've got to decide—it's got to be in the mind, and it's got be in the heart. You've got to say, 'I'm going to lay it on the line.' ... The offense can come and go, but the defense can't have those lapses."

Florida State now leads the ACC with a 9-2 conference record and is up to No. 11 in the latest poll.

The AAC also has a new leader in Wichita State after the Shockers led nearly the entire second half in a 68-63 upset win over Houston. The Cougars have showed plenty of upside this season, but lapses on the road have led to three losses while dropping to 12th in the rankings.

Kansas is among the teams on the rise, overcoming an earlier drop out of the rankings with five straight wins, including Saturday's victory over Texas Tech. In a year when most of the blue bloods have struggled, the Jayhawks are back up to No. 17.

Illinois deserves credit for its sustained excellence, with All-American candidate Ayo Dosunmu tallying a triple-double in his team's seventh straight win Saturday:

The Fighting Illini will try to keep it going in their quest for a No. 1 seed, while Baylor is expected to return to action Tuesday against Iowa State. Michigan should also have another tough test in Iowa as teams start closing out their regular seasons.