College basketball rankings: Dayton cracks top five of AP Top 25 for first time in 64 years

Dayton is a top five college basketball team for the first time in 64 years. The Flyers jumped a spot in the AP Top 25 on Monday to No. 5 after a 2-0 week that included a convincing 81-67 victory over a Rhode Island team projected to make the NCAA Tournament.

It marks the first time since the 1955-56 season that the Flyers have reached the top five in the AP poll. Dayton (23-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10) has won 14 straight games and is just six wins away from going undefeated in conference play for the first time in program history. 

Staying in the top five won't be a cakewalk for Dayton, though. The Flyers have two Quadrant 1 road games remaining on their schedule, starting with a Tuesday trip to VCU. Dayton must also face Rhode Island on the road in the final week of the regular season.

Dayton benefited from an 0-2 week for Louisville, which dropped from No. 5 to No. 11. The Cardinals (21-5, 12-3 ACC) play Syracuse and North Carolina this week as they try and regroup from their worst week of the season. The Cardinals weren't the only team to fall from the top 10. Seton Hall fell from No. 10 to No. 16 after an 0-2 week. One of the Pirates' losses came against Creighton, which made the biggest surge of the week from No. 23 to No. 15.

Texas Tech, LSU and Illinois each dropped out of the poll after losses and were replaced by BYU, Arizona and Ohio State.

LSU's departure left the SEC with just two ranked teams -- No. 10 Kentucky and No. 13 Auburn. BYU's entry into the AP Poll for the first time since 2011 sets up a showdown with No. 2 Gonzaga on Saturday.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

1Baylor (48)23-115591
2Gonzaga (14)26-115182
3Kansas (1)22-314343
4San Diego State26-015184
8Florida State21-410888
9Penn State20-5102413
16Seton Hall18-767210
17West Virginia18-755214
25Ohio State17-895NR

Others receiving votes:Texas Tech 92, Michigan State 87, Michigan 83, LSU 55, Rhode Island 39, Virginia 32, Cincinnati 14, Stephen F. Austin 14, Illinois 12, Northern Iowa 9, Utah State 8, Rutgers 6, Florida 6, East Tennessee State 5, Saint Mary's 4, Tulsa 3, Richmond 3, SMU 2, New Mexico State 2, Wright State 1, Arizona State 1

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