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Auburn ascends to No. 1 for first time ever

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Jan 22, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl talks to guard Wendell Green Jr. (1) during a time out in the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl talks to guard Wendell Green Jr. (1) during a time out in the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn leaped over Gonzaga to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday, the first time in program history the Tigers have occupied the top spot.

The Tigers (18-1) earned 45 first-place votes to Gonzaga’s 15 on the strength of a victory over Kentucky on Saturday. Gonzaga (15-2) played just once, defeating conference foe San Francisco.

Arizona (16-1) remains at No. 3 while Baylor (17-2) moved up a spot to No. 4. Kansas (16-2) breaks into the top 5 after two conference road wins, including at Oklahoma.

Purdue (16-3) dropped two spots to No. 6. UCLA (13-2) and Houston (17-2) are tied for seventh while Duke (15-3) drops to No. 9. Michigan State (15-3) rose four spots to round out the top 10.

Iowa State (14-5) managed to remain in the Top 25 despite two losses last week and losing four of its last five. The Cyclones dropped eight spots to No. 23.

By virtue of a win over LSU, Tennessee (13-5) was the week’s top riser — six spots to No. 18.

Marquette (No. 22) and Davidson (No. 25) enter the poll this week.

Loyola-Chicago and Texas fell out of the poll. The Longhorns were upset by Kansas State at home last week.

–Field Level Media