It was a tough week for director Richard Pitino and the Minnesota Gophers.
On Wednesday, Minnesota suffered a loss of 82-57 deflation to Michigan. Four days later, Gophers couldn’t follow up on Christmas Day’s upset and lost to Iowa 86-71. The defeated pair to the top 10 teams dropped seven Gophers from 16th to 23rd in the Associated Press vote.
Minnesota (10-4) has a chance to take revenge against Michigan when hosting Wolverine at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Elsewhere in polls, Gonzaga and Baylor remain at the top for the seventh straight week of the regular season.
Zags received 63 of the 64 first-place votes from the National Media Panel, and Bears won another. Villanova, Texas and Iowa have closed the top five, unchanged from last week.
Gonzaga (12-0) played two games last week, beating BYU86-69 and Portland 116-88 to rout both. Zags has won 16 straight games until last season.
Baylor (11-0) defeated Oklahoma and TCU last week to take second place.
No. 25 Connecticut participated in the vote for the first time since reaching No. 18 in 2016-17.
Ohio has returned to 21st place, while Rutgers and Florida have fallen from 15th and 25th.
AP TOP 25 POLL — Week 8 (released January 11)
|3||Vila Nova (8-1)||3|
|13||West Virginia (9-4)||14|
|15||Texas Tech (10-3)||18|
|18||Virginia (7-2)||twenty two|
|19||Duke (5-2)||twenty one|
|20||Virginia Tech (9-2)||19|
|twenty one||Ohio (9-3)||NR|
|twenty two||Oregon (9-2)||17|
|twenty three||Minnesota (10-4)||16|
|twenty four||St. Louis (7-1)||twenty three|
|twenty five||Connecticut (6-1)||NR|
After two humble defeats, Gophers fell to 23rd place in the AP Top 25 vote
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