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AP Poll Week 12: Gonzaga Holds at No. 3, Dayton Drops Out

Gonzaga held form in the AP Poll this week after another two wins. The Zags are the first team in the country to 20 wins and are still just an overtime away from perfection.

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The Kentucky Wildcats continued to hold their spot at the top of the AP Poll this week, this time earning 64 of the 65 first place votes. The lone holdout went to Virginia who kept up with Big Blue at No. 2, despite a scare against Virginia Tech.

At No. 3 is Gonzaga, who won twice more this week to become the first team in the country with 20 wins. The Bulldogs trounced St. Mary's 68-47, and then followed that on Saturday with a 91-60 victory over Pacific. They face Portland this week before stepping out of conference for a showdown with Memphis.

Duke and Wisconsin round out the top 5.

Wichita State moved up two spots to No. 12 after wins over Missouri State and Drake. The Shockers will face Loyola before a big showdown with No. 18 Northern Iowa.

The Panthers moved up two spots despite needing to survive against Indiana State and Illinois State this past week. They face Southern Illinois before the Saturday showdown.

VCU is also up two spots to No. 14. The Rams beat Saint Louis in their only game of the week. They face George Washington and Richmond.

Other teams in our coverage area receiving votes were Dayton (28), Davidson (1), St. Mary's (1), Stephen F. Austin (1) and Green Bay (1).

Here is the complete AP Top 25 for Week 12.

AP Top 25 Week 12

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 19-0 1,624
2 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 19-0 1,561
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-1 1,476
4 Duke Blue Devils 17-2 1,402
5 Wisconsin Badgers 18-2 1,351
6 Arizona Wildcats 18-2 1,300
7 Villanova Wildcats 18-2 1,187
8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 19-2 1,139
9 Kansas Jayhawks 16-3 1,120
10 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 1,027
11 Utah Utes 16-3 996
12 Wichita State Shockers 18-2 893
13 North Carolina Tar Heels 16-4 878
14 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 16-3 734
15 Iowa State Cyclones 14-4 719
16 Maryland Terrapins 18-3 715
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 16-3 558
18 Northern Iowa Panthers 18-2 440
19 Texas Longhorns 14-5 431
20 Baylor Bears 15-4 407
21 Georgetown Hoyas 14-5 334
22 Indiana Hoosiers 15-5 165
23 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 14-5 164
24 Oklahoma Sooners 12-7 90
25 Butler Bulldogs 15-6 70
Others receiving votes: Colorado St 57, Arkansas 54, Ohio State 43, SMU 43, Providence 29, Dayton 28, Georgia 28, Stanford 16, Wyoming 14, Seton Hall 10, LSU 10, San Diego St 4, Tulsa 2, Texas A&M 2, Davidson 1, Saint Mary's 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Green Bay 1