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AP Poll: Gonzaga Slips to No. 3, Stephen F. Austin, Murray State Gaining

Despite not losing this week, Gonzaga slips to No. 3 in the country after two strong wins by Virginia pushed the Cavaliers back to No. 2. Plus Stephen F. Austin and Murray State are climbing in others receiving votes.

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The Kentucky Wildcats continued their unanimous reign at No. 1 this week after defeating Georgia and Florida. But the group behind Big Blue Nation jumbled a bit.

On the strength of two strong wins against North Carolina and Louisville, Virginia moved back into the No. 2 spot. This pushed Gonzaga down to No. 3 in the country.

The Bulldogs beat Santa Clara and then held off a strong showing from San Francisco to pick up two more wins this week. They will face Loyola Marymount and a dangerous Pepperdine team before the next vote.

Duke and Wisconsin complete the top five.

Northern Iowa beat Indiana State and Drake to move up to No. 13 in the AP Poll. The Panthers will square off against Illinois State and Missouri State in the coming week.

Fellow Missouri Valley Conference school Wichita State also gained one spot to No. 15. The Shockers defeated Bradley in a close one, before closing out Missouri State 78-35. Wichita State goes up against Indiana State and Illinois State this week.

VCU took a loss to St. Bonaventure on a buzzer beater by Marcus Posley and it dropped the Rams to No. 20 in this week's poll. The Rams are playing shorthanded which will not help when they see La Salle and George Washington this week.

Other teams in our coverage receiving votes this week were Stephen F. Austin (22), Murray State (20), Rhode Island (12), Old Dominion (3), Harvard (2) and Valparaiso (2).

Here is the complete AP Poll for Week 14.

AP Top 25 Week 14

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 23-0 1625 1
2 Virginia Cavaliers 21-1 1518 3
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 25-1 1486 2
4 Duke Blue Devils 20-3 1450 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 21-2 1385 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 21-2 1294 7
7 Arizona Wildcats 20-3 1185 6
8 Kansas Jayhawks 19-4 1171 8
9 Louisville Cardinals 19-4 1120 9
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 21-4 948 10
11 Utah Utes 18-4 946 13
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-6 871 12
13 Northern Iowa Panthers 22-2 846 14
14 Iowa State Cyclones 17-5 842 11
15 Wichita State Shockers 21-3 743 16
16 Baylor Bears 18-5 694 19
17 Oklahoma Sooners 16-7 565 21
18 Butler Bulldogs 18-6 462 22
19 Maryland Terrapins 19-5 347 17
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 18-5 296 18
21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 16-7 273 NR
21 West Virginia Mountaineers 18-5 273 15
23 Ohio State Buckeyes 18-6 271 20
24 Arkansas Razorbacks 18-5 221 NR
25 SMU Mustangs 19-5 81 23
Others Receiving Votes: Iowa 38, Providence 26, Texas 25, Stephen F. Austin 22, Cincinnati 21, Murray State 20, Indiana 13, Rhode Island 12, Georgetown 9, Texas A&M 7, Temple 6, Old Dominion 3, Mississippi 3, Harvard 2, San Diego State 2, Xavier 2, Valparaiso 1