- Associated Press - Monday, March 2, 2020

The Maryland men held their place while the Terrapin women moved up a spot in the latest Associated Press Top 25 college basketball rankings released Monday.

The Terrapins stayed at No. 9 despite losing at home Saturday to Michigan State, 78-66. The women moved up to No. 6 after clinching a share of the Big Ten regular-season title Sunday with a 99-94 win over Minnesota. They will have the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament this weekend.

Also locally, reigning national champion Virginia returned to the men’s poll at No. 22 after knocking off Virginia Tech and Duke.

Maryland held on to its ranking after a string of losses to unranked opponents led to upheaval for most of the men’s Top 25.

Kansas kept winning, strengthening its grip on No. 1. The Jayhawks were the unanimous choice for the top spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday, receiving all 64 votes from the media panel.

Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. The Aztecs, No. 9 Maryland and No. 18 Iowa were the only other teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.

Kansas moved to No. 1 for the second time this season a week ago after knocking off previously top-ranked Baylor. The Jayhawks remained atop the poll after beating Oklahoma State and rival Kansas State.

Gonzaga bounced back from its loss to BYU, rolling over rival Saint Mary’s 86-76 on Saturday to win its eighth straight West Coast Conference regular-season title.

Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games with victories over George Mason and Davidson last week.

The Flyers wrapped up the Atlantic 10 Conference title with an impressive offensive display against Davidson, shooting 72.3% — their highest percentage in 34 years — while making 27 of 28 shots inside the 3-point arc.

No. 16 Michigan State had the week’s biggest jump, moving up eight spots following victories over Iowa and Maryland.


South Carolina tops women’s Top 25

As women’s basketball teams finish up their regular season and turn their attention to the conference tournaments, South Carolina, Baylor and Oregon remain a step above everyone else.

The Gamecocks stayed at No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll released Monday, receiving 27 of 30 first-place votes from the media panel.

Baylor was second, getting two first-place votes. Oregon had the final one to stay at No. 3.

The three teams all easily won their conferences, with South Carolina and Baylor going undefeated in the SEC and Big 12. The trio is expected to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and then play close to home in the Sweet 16.

Louisville moved up one spot to No. 4, with UConn rounding out the top five teams in the poll.

Maryland, Stanford, UCLA, Mississippi State and North Carolina State are the next five.

The top 10 teams are expected to be hosts in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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