No. 6 Butler achieves its highest ranking in AP poll

The top three teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll remained unchanged Monday, while Butler moved up to its highest ranking ever at No. 6.

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Filip Petrusev
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Gonzaga (16-1) is No. 1 for the third consecutive week, receiving 54 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel after earning 63 first-place nods last week. Duke (13-1) is No. 2 with nine first-place votes, and third-ranked Kansas (11-2) was at the top spot on two ballots.

No. 4 Baylor (11-1) climbed two spots, while 13-0 Auburn — one of two unbeaten teams — is fifth.

Butler (14-1) moved up five spots from last week after winning at St. John’s and beating Creighton. The Bulldogs’ only loss was a one-point defeat at Baylor. Their other victories include Minnesota, Florida, Purdue, Missouri and Stanford.

Butler’s highest ranking had been No. 8 back in February of 2008.

The nation’s other unbeaten team, San Diego State (15-0), jumped six places and sits seventh. Michigan State (12-3) is eighth, with Oregon (12-3) and Florida State (13-2) rounding out the top 10.

Memphis took the biggest tumble within the poll, falling from ninth to 21st after a 65-62 home loss to Georgia on Saturday.

Only one team dropped out of the Top 25, that being Iowa, which was No. 23 when it lost 89-86 on Saturday to Penn State in Philadelphia. The Hawkeyes are first among “others receiving votes,” while Colorado — which upset visiting Oregon but lost Sunday night at home to Oregon State, rejoined the poll at No. 25.

AP TOP 25
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Duke Blue Devils guard Tre Jones. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Gonzaga (16-1)
2. Duke (13-1)
3. Kansas (11-2)
4. Oregon (12-3)
5. Ohio State (11-3)
6. Baylor (11-1)
7. Louisville (11-3)
8. Auburn (13-0)
9. Memphis (12-2)
10. Villanova (10-3)
11. Butler (14-1)
12. Michigan (10-4)
13. San Diego State (15-0)
14. Michigan State (12-3)
15. Maryland (12-2)

16. West Virginia (11-2)
17. Kentucky (10-3)
18. Florida State (13-2)
19. Virginia (11-2)
20. Dayton (13-2)
21. Penn State (12-2)
22. Texas Tech (10-3)
23. Iowa (10-4)
24. Wichita State (13-1)
25. Arizona (11-3)

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