David Cloninger

Kentucky loss doesn’t hurt Gamecocks’ poll position

The South Carolina men rose one spot to No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after splitting two games last week. USC beat then-No. 19 Florida and lost at No. 5 Kentucky.

The Gators, who also lost to Vanderbilt last week, fell to No. 25.

The Gamecocks (15-4, 5-1 SEC) host Auburn on Tuesday and are at Missouri on Saturday.

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Villanova (35)

19-1

1591

1

2. Kansas (28)

18-1

1572

2

3. Gonzaga (2)

19-0

1471

4

4. Kentucky

17-2

1414

5

5. Baylor

18-1

1379

6

6. Florida State

18-2

1215

10

7. Arizona

18-2

1190

14

8. UCLA

19-2

1177

3

9. North Carolina

18-3

1171

9

10. Oregon

18-2

1035

11

11. Butler

17-3

914

13

12. Virginia

15-3

803

16

13. Louisville

16-4

796

12

14. Notre Dame

17-3

767

15

15. Wisconsin

16-3

746

17

16. Creighton

18-2

731

7

17. Duke

15-4

628

18

18. West Virginia

15-4

569

7

19. Cincinnati

17-2

478

20

20. Purdue

16-4

412

21

21. St. Mary’s

17-2

290

23

22. Maryland

17-2

261

25

23. South Carolina

15-4

171

24

24. Xavier

14-5

146

22

25. Florida

14-5

47

19

Others receiving votes: Kansas State 41, SMU 33, Northwestern 28, UNC Wilmington 14, Iowa State 12, Virginia Tech 7, Dayton 6, Southern Cal 6, Akron 1, Illinois State 1, Middle Tennessee 1, Utah 1

CLONINGER’S TOP 25

1. Kansas

2. Villanova

3. Baylor

4. Gonzaga

5. Kentucky

6. North Carolina

7. Arizona

8. UCLA

9. Creighton

10. Florida State

11. Virginia

12. Louisville

13. Butler

14. Oregon

15. Wisconsin

16. Purdue

17. Notre Dame

18. Duke

19. West Virginia

20. Cincinnati

21. South Carolina

22. St. Mary’s

23. Xavier

24. Maryland

25. Iowa State

USC women remain No. 5

The South Carolina women stayed at No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and the rankings were unchanged for Monday’s immense matchup with No. 4 Mississippi State.

USC plays at Georgia on Thursday.

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

POINT

FIRST PLACE

BALLOTS

PREVIOUS

1

UConn

18-0

825

33

33

1

2

Baylor

19-1

787

0

33

2

3

Maryland

19-1

743

0

33

3

4

Mississippi State

20-0

734

0

33

4

5

South Carolina

16-1

702

0

33

5

6

Florida State

19-2

657

0

33

7

7

Washington

19-2

616

0

33

8

8

Notre Dame

18-3

576

0

33

6

9

Louisville

18-4

545

0

33

9

10

Stanford

17-3

515

0

33

10

11

Oregon State

18-2

506

0

33

11

12

Texas

14-4

460

0

33

12

13

UCLA

15-4

434

0

33

13

14

Duke

17-3

405

0

33

15

15

Ohio State

17-5

384

0

33

16

16

Arizona State

14-5

271

0

32

18

17

Miami

14-5

254

0

33

14

18

NC State

15-5

247

0

33

21

19

Virginia Tech

16-3

221

0

33

17

20

Oklahoma

15-5

202

0

32

20

21

DePaul

16-5

159

0

28

19

22

West Virginia

15-5

104

0

23

24

23

USF

15-3

102

0

27

23

24

Green Bay

17-2

90

0

29

NR

25

Kansas State

15-5

54

0

16

22

Others receiving votes: Syracuse 44, Kentucky 15, Texas A&M 13, Temple 13, Tennessee 11, Michigan 10, Marquette 8, Northwestern 7, California 3, Drake 3, Wyoming 2, Oregon 2, Harvard 1

CLONINGER’S TOP 25

1. Connecticut

2. Baylor

3. South Carolina

4. Maryland

5. Mississippi State

6. Washington

7. Florida State

8. Notre Dame

9. Oregon State

10. Stanford

11. Texas

12. Louisville

13. Duke

14. Ohio State

15. Virginia Tech

16. DePaul

17. UCLA

18. Miami

19. NC State

20. USF

21. Arizona State

22. West Virginia

23. Texas A&M

24. Oklahoma

25. Green Bay

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