Texas rises to No. 4 in AP men's basketball poll after historic win at Kansas

Jayhawks slip to No. 6, Mizzou drops to No. 13
Jeremiah Tilmon
Posted at 1:09 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 14:09:13-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gonzaga and Baylor remain atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll while fourth-ranked Texas has climbed to its highest perch in nearly a decade.

The Bulldogs earned 63 of 64 first-place votes in the latest AP Top 25 to remain at No. 1. The Bears earned the other vote.

Gonzaga and Baylor have been 1-2 in all seven polls this season.

Villanova moved up a spot to No. 3. The Longhorns jumped four spots after beating Kansas for Texas' highest ranking since February 2011.

Texas' 84-59 victory Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse was KU's worst home loss since a 91-66 loss to Missouri in February 1999 in Lawrence.

Iowa moved up five spots to No. 5 with wins against ranked Northwestern and Rutgers teams last week, checking in just ahead of the Jayhawks, which dropped to sixth after the loss to the Longhorns.

No. 19 Clemson and No. 23 St. Louis were new additions, with the Billikens making their first appearance since the 2013-14 season.

Missouri, which suffered its first loss of the season against Tennessee in its SEC opener, dropped one spot to No. 13. The Tigers bounced back Saturday with an 81-68 win at Arkansas.

The Volunteers, who in turn lost to Alabama, dropped two spots to No. 9. Rick Barnes' squad is the only other ranked SEC team, though Florida is currently 26th and the first team outside the poll.

41 Action News Digital Content Producer Tod Palmer contributed to this report.