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AP Poll Week 17: Murray State Races Into Top 25, Gonzaga Falls

Murray State jumped into the topsy-turvy AP Top 25 this week after completing the regular season at 26-4. Gonzaga falls four spots after its loss.

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After a wacky week in college basketball, there was a lot of movement within the AP Top 25. Some things remain the same though as the Kentucky Wildcats remained at the top after moving to 29-0.

The Wildcats are followed by Virginia, Duke, Villanova and Arizona.

Gonzaga's loss to BYU on Saturday night dropped the Bulldogs to No. 7 in the poll. They begin the WCC Tournament on Saturday as the top seed.

Wichita State's win over Northern Iowa jumped the Shockers to the No. 8 spot. With the win, Wichita State won the conference for the second year in a row, and will defend their tournament title beginning Friday.

Northern Iowa slipped just a single spot to No. 11. The Panthers will also be in action Friday in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals against the winner of the first round game between Drake and Bradley.

Murray State entered the poll for the first time this season at No. 25. The Racers beat Eastern Illinois and UT Martin to finish the Ohio Valley season at 16-0. They will begin the quest for the OVC automatic bid in the semifinals in Nashville on Friday.

Other teams from our coverage area receiving votes this week were Dayton (61), BYU (21), Davidson (18), Rhode Island (3), VCU (3), Valparaiso (2) and Stephen F. Austin (2).

Here is the complete AP Top 25 for Week 17:

AP Top 25 Week 17

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 29-0 1625 1
2 Virginia Cavaliers 27-1 1547 2
3 Duke Blue Devils 26-3 1501 4
4 Villanova Wildcats 27-2 1417 6
5 Arizona Wildcats 26-3 1338 7
6 Wisconsin Badgers 26-3 1318 5
7 Gonzaga Bulldogs 29-2 1244 3
8 Wichita State Shockers 27-3 1104 11
9 Kansas Jayhawks 23-6 1087 8
10 Maryland Terrapins 24-5 1035 14
11 Northern Iowa Panthers 27-3 908 10
12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-5 879 9
13 Utah Utes 22-6 823 13
14 Baylor Bears 22-7 801 19
15 Oklahoma Sooners 20-8 759 16
16 Louisville Cardinals 23-6 728 17
17 Iowa State Cyclones 20-8 536 12
18 Arkansas Razorbacks 23-6 515 18
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 20-9 435 15
20 West Virginia Mountaineers 22-7 389 20
21 Butler Bulldogs 21-8 359 23
22 SMU Mustangs 23-6 210 21
23 Ohio State Buckeyes 21-8 114 NR
24 Providence Friars 20-9 91 25
25 Murray State Racers 26-4 79 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 61, Boise State 53, Oregon 33, St. John's 27, BYU 21, Texas A&M 20, Davidson 18, Georgetown 13, Tulsa 7, San Diego State 7, Colorado State 7, LSU 6, Rhode Island 3, VCU 3, Valparaiso 2, Stephen F. Austin 2.