Bay­lor women in third spot of AP poll

Duke, Michi­gan hold the top places in the men’s Top 25.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Bay­lor stayed at No. 3 in The As­so­ci­ated Press women’s bas­ket­ball poll, re­ceiv­ing two first-place votes in Mon­day’s poll.

The Bears (9-1) routed Ten­nessee 76-53 on Dec. 18. Their only loss was on Nov. 16 to Stan­ford in Hawaii; they travel to Con­necti­cut on Feb. 18 to face the Huskies.

Stan­ford (11-0) re­mains No. 1 for the sixth straight week, match­ing the team’s long­est run in the top spot.

The Car­di­nal had 24 first-place votes, while Con­necti­cut (10-0) re­ceived 14.

UConn will visit Stan­ford on Satur­day, try­ing to snap the Car­di­nal’s 82-game home win­ning streak. Stan­ford, which beat South Carolina and Ten­nessee on the road last week, was No. 1 for six weeks in 1996.

Duke and Notre Dame round out the first five.

The Ir­ish are fol­lowed by Ge­or­gia, Ken­tucky, Cal­i­for­nia and Mary­land, as the top nine teams re­main un­changed.

Ten­nessee fell three spots from No. 10 af­ter los­ing to Bay­lor and Stan­ford. UCLA had the big­gest drop, fall­ing five spots to 17th af­ter los­ing to Cal State Northridge.

Texas A&M (8-4) dropped two spots to No. 24 fol­low­ing wins last week over Kansas State and Old Do­min­ion, and a loss to No. 5 Notre Dame, at the World Vi­sion Clas­sic in Las Ve­gas.

Arkansas en­tered the poll at No. 25 as West Vir­ginia fell out.

Blue Devils, Wolver­ines atop men’s poll: Duke and Michi­gan re­main the top two teams in The As­so­ci­ated Press’ col­lege bas­ket­ball poll while Syra­cuse drops from third to ninth af­ter its first loss.

The Blue Devils (11-0) re­ceived all but two of the first-place votes Mon­day from the 65-mem­ber na­tional me­dia panel. The Wolver­ines (12-0) got the oth­ers.

Ari­zona, Louisville and In­di­ana all moved up one place to third through fifth. Kansas, which won at Ohio State, moved from ninth to sixth. Mis­souri, which beat Illi­nois, jumped from 12th to sev­enth. Cincin­nati ad­vanced from 11th to eighth.

Pitts­burgh and Kansas State are the new­com­ers to the poll at 24th and 25th. They re­place New Mex­ico and North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd af­ter losses to South Dakota State and Texas.

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