Top Teams Hold in New AP Poll as Gamecocks Join Rankings

The top three college basketball teams remained the same in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, while South Carolina entered the rankings for the first time since 2017.

Connecticut Stays at #1

The reigning national champion University of Connecticut Huskies kept the #1 spot for the fourth straight week. The Huskies received 45 out of 61 first-place votes after going undefeated over the past week.

Purdue and UNC Round Out Top 3

Purdue claimed 16 first-place votes to stay at #2, while the University of North Carolina Tar Heels remained at #3 after beating rival Duke over the weekend.

Big Changes Behind Top Teams

While the top three teams stayed put, there was movement throughout the rest of the AP Top 25 poll. The Kansas Jayhawks vaulted up four spots to #4 after beating Houston, dropping the Cougars down one spot to #5.

The Tennessee Volunteers fell to #6 with a loss to the now #15 South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks cracked the poll for the first time since 2017 behind a five-game winning streak.

Falling Out of Top 10

The Kentucky Wildcats took the biggest tumble of any team in the Top 25, falling seven spots down to #17 after losing to both Tennessee and Florida last week.

Marquette, Arizona, Duke, and Illinois round out the updated top 10 teams in the country.

Conference Breakdown

The Big 12 Conference leads all leagues with six ranked teams, followed by the SEC with five. The Big Ten, Big East, and Mountain West Conferences each have three teams in the poll.

Big Jumps and Falls

The Alabama Crimson Tide took the biggest leap this week, jumping up eight spots to #16. The Baylor Bears also jumped five spots to #13.

On the flip side, the Texas Tech Red Raiders had the biggest drop, falling eight spots down to #23 after two losses last week.

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✅ Fact Checked on February 5, 2024 by Ken Weaver