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UNDATED (AP) — Baylor leaped over Gonzaga and into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll to give the Top 25 its seventh team on top this season. That matches the record set in 1983 for the most No. 1s in the history of the poll that dates to the 1948-49 season. Baylor received 33 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel and had 1,591 points. Gonzaga received 31 first-place votes for 1,588 points. Kansas, undefeated San Diego State and Florida State replaced Duke, Auburn and Butler in the top five after those three schools each lost a pair of games last week.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has returned to the The Associated Press' college basketball rankings for the first time since 1979. The Scarlet Knights were ranked No. 24 in the poll released Monday. Rutgers has won eight of its last nine games and has a 14-4 record. Steve Pikiell's team is 5-2 in the Big Ten Conference. This is the first time the team has been three games over .500 since 1998-99, when it was in the Big East Conference. A big part of the success for the Scarlet Knights has been their play at home. They are a school-record 13-0 after beating Minnesota on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women's college basketball poll with Baylor in second place. The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel. The Lady Bears had six. UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32 points. The Ducks moved up to No. 4. Louisville was fifth. Stanford fell to sixth. Oregon State, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and UCLA rounded out the top 10. Northwestern entered the poll at No. 22. It's the first ranking for the Wildcats since 2015-16.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Shakira Austin scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half, Taylor Mikesell had 16 points and eight assists and No. 20 Maryland beat 17th-ranked Indiana 76-62. Kaila Charles and Stephanie Jones each added 12 points for Maryland. Charles had nine rebounds, Austin made 10 of 13 free throws and Mikesell hit four 3-pointers. The Terrapins have won all eight meetings in the series. Maryland started the game on an 8-0 run and its 18-3 spurt to close the second quarter made it 34-21. Grace Berger scored 21 points for Indiana.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa won 10 football games last season to conclude the best five-year stretch in the program’s history. But coach Kirk Ferentz says it wasn't easy. At his postseason news conference Monday, Ferentz says there are no “easy outs.” The Hawkeyes' three losses last season were by a combined 14 points. They finished the season with four consecutive wins including a 49-24 victory over Southern California in the Holiday Bowl. But there is a lot of work ahead for the Hawkeyes. They lose senior quarterback Nate Stanley, a three-year starter. And four players are leaving college early for a shot at the NFL. The Hawkeyes return all four of their top receivers.
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