The first Associated Press of the regular season, men’s college basketball voting remained steady at the top.
The rest, predictably, was fraught with change as the team failed to exceed expectations or meet expectations.
Gonzaga and Belor Nos remained 1-2 in the poll released on Monday. The Zags received 57 first-place votes from a media panel, and Beers received six first-place votes. They were the only two teams that made their way to the presiden pole.
Gonzaga topped it with a commanding margin with an impressive win at Fort Myers, Florida. The Zags (2–0) rolled Kans to 102–90 and crushed Auburn 90–67 the next day.
“We think we can score a goal on anyone,” said Drew Tymy of Gonzaga, who had 28 points and 10 rebellions against Auburn. “We’ve got great coaching. If we execute our offense and shake the ball and are not stunned, we feel we can score goals on every team.”
After coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19, he was forced to drop out of the “Bubbleville” tournament in Unsville, Bayorley, Connecticut. The Beers (2-0) adjusted their schedule and had no trouble playing under assistant coach Jerome Tang, who crossed Louisiana-Laffet and Washington.
Villanova fell nine places to 12th after losing to Virginia Tech, which went to the number 16 poll. Virginia also took a major loss after losing to San Francisco, dropping 11 places to 15th.
Two losses allowed Iowa to move two places to No. 3, with Wisconsin and Illinois rounding out the top five. The Illini are in the top five for the first time since reaching number 1 in 2004–05.
JAYHAWKS BREAK RECORD
Kansas dropped one place to 7th after a loss to Gonzaga. The Jayhawks still managed to hold the record for the most consecutive weeks in the AP poll.
Kansas was ranked for the 222nd week by UCLA, breaking records from 1966 to 1980.
No. 6 Duke has the second longest active pole streak in 85 straight weeks.
Iowa has its highest ranking since 2015-16 at number 3.
Luca Garza had a lot to do with this.
The Presidential All-American kicked off his senior season with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a win over North Carolina Central, then scored 41 points on 14-of-15 shooting at a rout over Southern.
“Whenever I get the ball, I think I can score,” Garza said. “Sometimes you have those days where you’re just making shots. I do enough work in each shot that when I put it on, I have a strong feeling that it’s going to go in.”
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Virginia Tech was selected to finish 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference Conference Poll.
The Hokies may be better than expected based on their opening week.
Virginia Tech (3-0) opened the season with an easy win over Radford, then upset No-No. 3 Villanova in overtime at Bubbleville. The Hokies closed out their week with an 18-point win over South Florida after their game against Temple was canceled due to concerns by COVID-19.
Virginia and Villanova had the two biggest drops in early-season polls, but there were plenty of other movements.
Houston climbed seven places from No. 17 after knocking at No. 17 Texas Tech, which dropped three places from the previous week.
No. 8 Michigan State climbed to five spots after beating Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan.
No. 20 Kentucky fell 10 places after losing at home to Richmond. The win was Spider’s first time on the road against a top-10 team and helped them enter the voting at No. 19.
No. 25 Arizona State also fell to seven places after two wins and Villanova.
UCLA dropped out of pole after losing to San Diego State and required triple overtime to defeat Pepperdine.