Houston, Alabama remain atop AP Top 25 survey

The top five areas in The Associated Press males’s college basketball survey remained the same. The rest of the AP Top 25 was a big jumble.Houston was No. 1

for the 2nd straight week in the poll launched Monday, receiving 49 first-place votes from a 62-person media panel. No. 2 Alabama had 5 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas received eight.UCLA and Purdue rounded out the leading 5.

The Boilermakers held at No. 5 regardless of losing to No. 15 Indiana.Team Record 1. Houston(49 )27-2 2. Alabama(5)25-4 3

. Kansas(8 )24-5 4
. UCLA 25-4 5. Purdue 24-5 6. Marquette
23 =6 7. Baylor 21-8 8. Arizona 24-5 9. Texas 22-7 10 . Gonzaga 25-5 11. Kansas State
22-7 12. Tennessee
21-8 13. Virginia 21-6 14.
UConn 22-7 15. Indiana 20-9 16. Miami 23-6 17 . Saint Mary’s 25-6 18 . San Diego St.23-5 19. Xavier 21-8 20. Providence 21-8 21. Maryland 21-9 22
. TCU 19-10 23. Kentucky 20-9 24
. Texas A&M 21-8 25. Pittsburgh 21-8 In the rest of the poll , just No. 20 Providence kept the very same position from
recently as teams prepare for conference tournaments next
week and the start of March
Madness.Alabama held its spot after winning 2 games despite a tough week
off the court. Brandon Miller had a set of substantial games considering that cops alleged that he brought a gun to previous colleague Darius

Miles, who is charged with capital murder in a deadly shooting.Against Arkansas on Saturday, Miller’s routine pregame introduction with a Crimson Tide staffer offering him a pat-down didn’t sit well with

coach Nate Oats– or anyone else. “I can assure you it absolutely will not occur once again the remainder of this year, “Oats said.Miller had 24 points in the 86-83 win over the Razorbacks after scoring 41 in a two-point win over South Carolina.SOARING EAGLES Marquette has actually made a fast rise under coach Shaka Smart.The Golden Eagles concluded a share of their very first Big East regular-season title in a years with a 90-84 win over DePaul on Saturday and climbed four areas in this week’s poll to No. 6.

It is Marquette’s highest ranking because striking No. 1 in 1977-78. HOUSTON ON TOP Houston moved into the top area last week and hung on to it after a set of thrashings recently.

The Cougars’76-57 win at East Carolina on Saturday clinched the American Athletic Association regular-season champion, the 4th time in five seasons they’ve at least shared the conference title.”Our kids understand how to win– I state that a lot,”Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “However we’ve determined how

to play our system, be unselfish. “RISING/FALLING Marquette matched No. 14 UConn and No. 18 San Diego State with the week’s most significant jump among groups in the poll, each climbing up four spots.No. 13 Virginia took the biggest tumble, losing 7 spots following losses to Boston College and North Carolina

last week.IN AND OUT No.

21 Maryland is back in the AP Top 25 after wins over Minnesota and then-No. 23 Northwestern.No. 23 Kentucky went back to the poll after a seven-week absence. The Wildcats had a quick fall from being No. 4 in the preseason survey, but they reeled off wins over No. 12 Tennessee, Florida and Auburn.No. 25 Pittsburgh is ranked for

the very first time considering that 2016 after beating Georgia Tech and Syracuse last week.Northwestern’s return to the survey for the first time in two years didn’t last long. The Wildcats dropped out

this week after losses to Maryland and Illinois.Iowa State fell out from No. 23 after three straight losses, and successive losses knocked out Creighton from No. 19.

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