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AP Poll Week 13: Gonzaga Climbs to No. 2 After Virginia Loss; UNI Surges

A loss by Virginia has pushed Gonzaga to the No. 2 spot in the country. Plus a big win from Northern Iowa has the Panthers surging forward in the poll.

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Virginia took a loss to Duke on Saturday which left the door open for Kentucky to pull in that final vote and solidify its spot as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country. The loss also allowed the Gonzaga Bulldogs to move up to No. 2 in the poll.

Gonzaga trounced both Portland and Memphis last week to move to 22-1 on the season. The Zags will face off against Santa Clara and San Francisco this week.

Virginia, Duke and Wisconsin round out the top five.

Northern Iowa moved up from No. 18 to No. 14 after a win over Southern Illinois and a dominating victory against Wichita State. The Panthers will take on Indiana State and Drake this week.

Wichita State fell from No. 12 to No. 16 after the Northern Iowa loss. The Shockers had beaten Loyola earlier in the week. They face Bradley and Missouri State this week.

VCU's loss to Richmond also caused the Rams to lose four spots, down to No. 18. The loss came after a strong win over George Washington, and also came with a loss to one of the top players on the team, Briante Weber. VCU will attempt to regroup against George Mason and St. Bonaventure this week.

Other teams in our coverage receiving votes this week were Dayton (9), Stephen F. Austin (5), Murray State (2), Louisiana Tech (2), Valparaiso (1) and Rhode Island (1)

Here is the complete AP Poll for Week 13.

AP Top 25 Week 13

RANK TEAM Record POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 21-0 1625 1
2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 22-1 1503 3
3 Virginia Cavaliers 19-1 1470 2
4 Duke Blue Devils 18-3 1416 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 19-2 1381 5
6 Arizona Wildcats 20-2 1338 6
7 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 1209 7
8 Kansas Jayhawks 18-3 1177 9
9 Louisville Cardinals 18-3 1114 10
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 20-3 1072 8
11 Iowa State Cyclones 16-4 892 15
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 17-5 861 13
13 Utah Utes 17-4 824 11
14 Northern Iowa Panthers 20-2 792 18
15 West Virginia Mountaineers 18-3 779 17
16 Wichita State Shockers 19-3 678 12
17 Maryland Terrapins 18-4 508 16
18 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 17-4 479 14
19 Baylor Bears 16-5 420 20
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 17-5 358 28
21 Oklahoma Sooners 14-7 312 24
22 Butler Bulldogs 16-6 250 25
23 SMU Mustangs 18-4 221 28
24 Georgetown Hoyas 16-6 162 21
25 Texas Longhorns 14-7 106 19
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 40, Seton Hall 22, Arkansas 21, San Diego State 18, Indiana 18, Colorado State 11, Dayton 9, Xavier 8, Tulsa 8, Stephen F. Austin 5, Providence 3, Stanford 3, Temple 2, Murray State 2, Oklahoma State 2, Louisiana Tech 2, Valparaiso 1, Michigan State 1, Rhode Island 1, Georgia 1