College basketball rankings: North Carolina leapfrogs Duke for No. 3, Gonzaga No. 1 again in AP Top 25 Poll

The latest AP Top 25 Poll of the regular season has the Gonzaga Bulldogs No. 1 yet again. Mark Few's team completed its sweep of the WCC on Saturday, beating Saint Mary's and wrapping a 16-0 conference run. 

In the latest rankings, Virginia stays firm at No. 2, while North Carolina takes a jump over rival Duke. Tennessee rounds out the top five in light of its home win Saturday against Kentucky

Virginia Tech is the biggest riser in this week's poll: The Hokies snake up six spots to No. 15 after beating Duke last Tuesday. The 22-6 Hokies play at No. 14 Florida State on Tuesday night. 

Slippage was inevitable for teams with tough losses: Marquette drops six spots, to No. 16, after losing at home to unranked Creighton Sunday. Maryland's 0-2 week (losses at Penn State and at home vs. Michigan) dropped the Terps from 17th to 24th. Houston fell to UCF, dinging the Cougars from No. 8 to No. 12. 

AP Top 25 Poll

RankTeamRecordPointsPrevious
1Gonzaga29-21,578(42)1
2Virginia26-21,553(21)2
3North Carolina24-51,4285
4Duke25-41,399(1)3
5Tennessee26-31,3667
6Kentucky24-51,2744
7Michigan26-41,2169
8Texas Tech24-51,10011
9Michigan State23-61,03910
10LSU24-51,00513
11Purdue22-799914
12Houston27-28958
13Kansas22-779815
14Florida State23-670218
15Virginia Tech22-666820
16Marquette23-662610
17Nevada26-357912
18Kansas State22-749916
19Buffalo26-343721
20Cincinnati25-440823
21Wisconsin20-932219
22Wofford26-426924
23Villanova22-8214NR
24Maryland21-920717
25UCF22-648NR

Others receiving votes: Auburn 43, Mississippi St. 25, Iowa St. 21, Utah St. 17, Washington 14, VCU 14, Louisville 12, New Mexico St. 8, Baylor 7, Belmont 7, Old Dominion 3.

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