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At long last, Auburn's men's basketball team reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first time in program history following an 80-71 win over Kentucky on Saturday. That victory was apparently enough to give the Tigers (18-1, 7-0 SEC) an edge on Gonzaga, which fell from No. 1 to No. 2 this week despite a 78-62 victory against a strong San Francisco team. The Bulldogs (15-2, 4-0 WCC) enjoyed a narrow 1,486-1,482 points edge in the poll last week, even though Auburn actually received more first-place votes (36) than Gonzaga (25). But this time, the Auburn had a 29-point  edge and an even larger share of the first-place votes with 45 to Gonzaga's 15 and Arizona's 1.

Auburn is this season's fifth No. 1 team, joining Gonzaga, Duke, Purdue and Baylor among the group of teams to hold the distinction. The Tigers had been No. 2 on multiple occasions in program history, including this past week. But with a deep roster headlined by potential No. 1 overall pick Jabari Smith and North Carolina transfer center Walker Kessler, the Tigers have one of the nation's best front courts in the nation and the best defensive squad of Pearl's eight-year tenure.

Behind that strong roster, Auburn is on a 15-game winning streak as it prepares to play at Missouri on Tuesday before hosting Oklahoma on Saturday as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. 

In other poll developments, Texas Tech received a significant boost Monday by rising from No. 18 to No. 13 after knocking off Iowa State and West Virginia. The Red Raiders (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) have not suffered a loss outside of Quad 1 and are 4-4 in Quad 1 games entering a Monday night showdown with No. 5 Kansas.

Houston (17-2, 6-0 AAC) also enjoyed a nice bump from No. 10 to No. 7 as it continues to destroy AAC opposition in spite of season-ending injuries to key players Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark. The Cougars walloped East Carolina 79-36 on Saturday. 

Davidson cracked the poll for the first time this season at No. 25 amid a 15-game winning streak that included road wins over VCU and Fordham last week. It's the first time in the AP poll since the 2014-15 season for the Wildcats. Marquette also made it in for the first time this season after the Golden Eagles (14-6, 6-3 Big East) knocked off Villanova and Xavier to improve their winning streak to six games.

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AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS LW
1 Auburn (45) 18-1 1,504 2
2 Gonzaga (15) 15-2 1,475 1
3 Arizona (1) 16-1 1,381 3
4 Baylor 17-2 1,335 5
5 Kansas 16-2 1,281 7
6 Purdue 16-3 1,119 4
7 UCLA 13-2 1,116 9
7 Houston 17-2 1,116 10
9 Duke 15-3 1,017 6
10 Michigan State 15-3 979 14
11 Wisconsin 15-3 894 8
12 Kentucky 15-4 822 12
13 Texas Tech 15-4 766 18
14 Villanova 14-5 713 11
15 Southern California 16-2 711 16
16 Ohio State 12-4 584 19
17 Providence 16-2 542 21
18 Tennessee 13-5 419 24
19 LSU 15-4 399 13
20 UConn 13-4 284 25
21 Xavier 14-4 269 20
22 Marquette 14-6 177 NR
23 Iowa State 14-5 167 15
24 Illinois 13-5 155 17
25 Davidson 16-2 132 NR

Others receiving votes: BYU 120, Alabama 77, Texas 61, Colorado St. 57, Florida St. 50, Loyola Chicago 21, Oregon 19, Wake Forest 12, Indiana 10, Murray St. 10, Iowa 8, TCU 6, Miami 4, Florida 3, Boise St. 3, Saint Mary's (Cal) 3, Wyoming 2, Iona 1, Seton Hall 1.