Kansas strengthens grip on No. 1; top 9 unchanged in poll

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No. 1 Kansas and the top nine teams remained unchanged as Florida Atlantic tumbled nine spots in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll released Monday.

The Jayhawks (3-0) received 52 of the 61 first-place votes, one more than last week after rallying from 14 points down Tuesday to defeat Kentucky at the Champions Classic in Chicago.

Purdue (3-0), Arizona (5-0), Marquette (3-0), UConn (4-0), Houston (6-0), Tennessee (3-0), Creighton (4-0) and Duke (3-1) held their rankings, with the No. 2 Boilermakers receiving five first-place ballots, the No. 3 Wildcats earning three, and one vote going to the defending champion and No. 5 Huskies.

FAU (2-1) dropped nine spots to No. 19 after a stunning 61-52 loss Saturday against Bryant, replaced at No. 10 by Miami (5-0).

Colorado (3-0) made the biggest leap, climbing seven spots to No. 18.

No. 24 Virginia (4-0) and No. 25 Mississippi State (5-0) joined the Top 25, with Villanova and Illinois dropping out. The Bulldogs are ranked for the first time since the 2018-19 season.

The remainder of the AP Top 25:

11. Gonzaga (2-0) 12. Texas A&M (4-0) 13. Baylor (4-0) 14. North Carolina (3-0) 15. Texas (4-0) 16. Kentucky (3-1) 17. Alabama (4-0) 18. Colorado (3-0) 19. Florida Atlantic (2-1) 20. Arkansas (3-1) 21. Michigan State (3-2) 22. James Madison (4-0) 23. Southern California (3-1) 24. Virginia (4-0) 25. Mississippi State (5-0)