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The Other Top 25: Ranking remains status quo to begin new year

A slow week for games leads to minimal changes in the top-25 ranking. Houston jumps to No. 3.

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Houston jumped up to No. 3 in the Other Top 25. The Cougars are 12-2 on the season.
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After a slow week of games because of the holidays and COVID cancellations and postponements, everyone in last week’s top 10 remained in the top 10 this week.

The biggest shift was Houston moving up from nine to three. The Cougars won at Temple 66-61 in their American Athletic Conference opener. Houston was scheduled to host Cincinnati last Tuesday but the game was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the Houston program.

Grand Canyon is the lone team to join the ranking this week and entered tied for 21st with VCU. The Lopes defeated Chicago State 80-63 in their WAC opener. They have won three straight, including a 49-48 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 18.

St. Bonaventure suffered the biggest drop, falling from 19 to 25. The Bonnies lost the last two games they played, falling to UConn and Virginia Tech. Their games against Northeastern, George Washington and Dayton were either canceled or postponed.

The Other Top 25: Jan. 3, 2022

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points Previous
Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points Previous
1 Gonzaga (3) 75 1
2 Colorado State 71 2
3 Houston 69 9
T-4 San Francisco 63 4
T-4 Loyola Chicago 63 3
6 BYU 59 5
7 Iona 54 6
8 Belmont 53 7
9 Ohio 50 8
10 New Mexico State 41 11
11 Murray State 40 T-12
12 Memphis 37 10
13 San Diego State 34 17
14 St. Mary's 27 T-12
15 Cincinnati 26 15
16 Chattanooga 24 20
17 Davidson 23 16
T-18 UAB 20 T-12
T-18 St. Louis 20 T-21
20 Monmouth 17 23
T-21 Grand Canyon 15 NR
T-21 VCU 15 T-21
T-23 James Madison 14 T-25
T-23 Wyoming 14 24
25 St. Bonaventure 11 19

Also receiving votes:

Western Kentucky 10; Boise State 10; SMU 7; North Texas 4; Utah State 3; Rhode Island 2; Louisiana Tech 2; Montana 1; Stephen F. Austin 1

Dropped from ranking:

Utah State, Buffalo