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AP college basketball poll moves Auburn to No. 1, adds Marquette, Davidson

The Tigers take over as the best team in the nation after their win over Kentucky on Saturday

Jabari Smith of the Auburn Tigers reacts late in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Auburn Arena on January 22, 2022 in Auburn, Alabama. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Auburn Tigers haven’t lost a game since November 24th, and their reward is the No. 1 spot in the AP college basketball poll for the first time in school history.

Superstar freshman Jabari Smith and the Tigers are 18-1, 7-0 in the challenging SEC, and held off the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats 80-71 on Saturday to put themselves in this position. They bump down the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are 15-2 and have waltzed through their WCC slate so far at 4-0. But the quality of competition between the leagues is noticeable this season, and the tough battles of a Power Five league are swaying voters.

Also Marquette (14-6, 6-3 Big East) reaches the Top 25 for the first time in the Shaka Smart Era, as the Golden Eagles beat Villanova in Radnor and Xavier at home last week for two big Quad 1 wins. And the Davidson Wildcats take what looks like the token mid-major spot from the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers who lost last week. Davidson is 16-2, 6-0 in the Atlantic 10, and has won 15 straight since November 19th. That includes a 79-78 win over Alabama on December 21st.

Here is the complete AP Preseason College Basketball Poll on October 18th:

College Basketball AP Poll Week 14

Ranking Team Last poll Conference Votes
Ranking Team Last poll Conference Votes
1 Auburn (22-1) 1 Southeastern 1,506 (48)
2 Gonzaga (19-2) 2 West Coast 1,477 (13)
3 Purdue (20-3) 4 Big Ten 1,329
4 Arizona (19-2) 7 Pacific 12 1,300
5 Kentucky (19-4) 5 Southeastern 1,288
6 Houston (20-2) 6 American Athletic 1,205
7 Duke (19-3) 9 Atlantic Coast 1,179
8 Kansas (19-3) 10 Big 12 1,173
9 Texas Tech (18-5) 14 Big 12 947
10 Baylor (19-4) 8 Big 12 921
11 Providence (20-2) 15 Big East 899
12 UCLA (16-4) 3 Pacific 12 881
13 Illinois (17-5) 18 Big Ten 818
14 Wisconsin (18-4) 11 Big Ten 706
15 Villanova (17-6) 12 Big East 634
16 Ohio State (14-5) 16 Big Ten 628
17 Michigan State (17-5) 13 Big Ten 536
18 Marquette (16-7) 24 Big East 522
19 Tennessee (16-6) 22 Southeastern 377
20 Texas (17-6) 23 Big 12 294
21 USC (19-4) 19 Pacific 12 278
22 Saint Mary's (19-4) NR West Coast 185
23 Murray State (22-2) NR Ohio Valley 178
24 Connecticut (15-6) 17 Big East 118
25 Xavier (16-6) 21 Big East 91