clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

UCLA, Kentucky rise as Iowa State falls in Week 13 AP college basketball poll

The Auburn Tigers remain on top, but a couple of blue bloods are making their charge up the rankings.

UCLA Bruins guard Tyger Campbell and guard Johnny Juzang react against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half at Pauley Pavilion. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn stays atop the 2022 AP College Basketball Poll, with Gonzaga the only other team receiving any first place votes.

While the advanced stats mostly have Gonzaga as the best team in the country, the Tigers 17-game unbeaten streak is what pushes them towards the top of the sample. They haven’t lost since November 24th, and with a win over Alabama on Tuesday night on The Plains, they’ll be halfway through an undefeated SEC season.

UCLA has won six straight to move into the No. 3 position, winning some of those games without star guard Johnny Juzang. Their 75-59 win over the Arizona Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion last Tuesday was the catalyst to have them jump four spots this week.

Also making a big leap are the No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats, who were No. 12 last week. A massive 80-62 victory at Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge puts them in the top five. As John Calipari’s young team begins to take shape, they could be a force to be reckoned with in March, led by Wooden Award candidate Oscar Tshiebwe.

Here is the complete AP Preseason College Basketball Poll on January 31st:

AP College Basketball Poll, Week 13 Jan. 31

Ranking Team Last Week Votes
Ranking Team Last Week Votes
1 Auburn (20-1) 1 1,508 (49)
2 Gonzaga (17-2) 2 1,475 (12)
3 UCLA (16-2) 7 1,338
4 Purdue (18-3) 6 1,282
5 Kentucky (17-4) 12 1,195
6 Houston (18-2) 7 1,164
7 Arizona (17-2) 3 1,159
8 Baylor (18-3) 4 1,141
9 Duke (17-3) 9 1,107
10 Kansas (17-3) 5 1,014
11 Wisconsin (17-3) 11 938
12 Villanova (16-5) 14 807
13 Michigan State (16-4) 10 751
14 Texas Tech (16-5) 13 741
15 Providence (18-2) 17 709
16 Ohio State (13-5) 16 548
17 Connecticut (15-4) 20 483
18 Illinois (15-5) 24 445
19 USC (18-3) 15 337
20 Iowa State (16-5) 23 324
21 Xavier (15-5) 21 255
22 Tennessee (14-6) 18 234
23 Texas (16-5) NR 203
24 Marquette (15-7) 22 188
25 LSU (16-5) 19 180

More to come.