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:
|1||Ohio State (45)||27-2||2|
|3||Brigham Young (5)||27-2||7|
|9||San Diego State||27-2||6|
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