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NCAA Basketball Rankings: No. 3 BYU Receives Five First-Place Votes In AP Poll

The No. 3 BYU Cougars received five first-place votes in the latest AP poll of NCAA basketball rankings. It has been a good week for the Cougars. After they beat the San Diego St. Aztecs over the weekend, the Cougars moved from No. 7 in both polls to No. 3 and have the top RPI in the nation. They could be in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Ohio St. Buckeyes took back the No. 1 spot and 45 first-place votes. Kansas finished second with 14 first-place votes and Duke, the former No. 1, finished tied for fourth with Pittsburgh.

The Texas Longhorns, previously No. 5, dropped to No. 7 following their 89-91 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes. San Diego St. fell to No. 9. The St. John's Red Storm made the leap from No. 23 to No. 15 after defeating DePaul and Villanova last week.

Utah State entered the rankings at No. 25. The George Mason Patriots finished tied for 26th with the Temple Owls. In the Coaches poll, the Owls dropped out and the Patriots entered at No. 25.

The full AP Top 25:

No. School Record Prev
1 Ohio State (45) 27-2 2
2 Kansas (14) 27-2 3
3 Brigham Young (5) 27-2 7
4 Duke (1) 26-3 1
4 Pittsburgh  25-4 4
6 Purdue  24-5 8
7 Texas  24-5 5
8 Notre Dame  23-5 9
9 San Diego State  27-2 6
10 Wisconsin  22-6 12
11 Louisville  22-7 16
12 Syracuse  24-6 17
13 North Carolina  22-6 19
14 Florida  22-6 13
15 St. John's  19-9 23
16 Connecticut  21-7 14
17 Georgetown  21-8 11
18 Arizona  23-6 10
19 Villanova  21-8 15
20 Kentucky  20-8 22
21 Vanderbilt  21-7 18
22 Missouri  22-7 20
23 Xavier  22-6 25
24 Texas A&M  22-6 21
25 Utah State  26-3 26


Others Receiving Votes: George Mason(25-5) 120; Temple(22-6) 120; UCLA(21-8) 75; Kansas State(20-9) 31; West Virginia(18-10) 28; Virginia Tech(19-8) 22; Cincinnati(22-7) 12; Alabama(19-9) 5; UNLV(22-7) 4; Butler(21-9) 3; Missouri State(23-7) 3; Belmont(27-4) 1; LIU-Brooklyn(24-5) 1; Old Dominion(24-6) 1