Top 25 College Basketball Rankings 2021: Week 16 AP Top 25 Poll



The college basketball regular season is winding with Selection Sunday and March Madness just around the corner. With the latest week of action from the new season under our belts, the Associated Press announced the AP Top 25 for Week 16 of the regular season.

Gonzaga continues to sit at No. 1 with 61 first-place votes as the Bulldogs look to go wire-to-wire as the top team in the country.

Baylor returns to No. 2 with two first-place votes, while the Illinois Fighting Illini, Michigan Wolverines, and Iowa Hawkeyes round out the top five.

Arkansas, meanwhile, jumps up from No. 12 to crack the top ten at No. 8.

Where does your favorite team stand?

The full Week 16 top 25 AP Poll can be seen below.

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Illinois
  4. Michigan
  5. Iowa
  6. Alabama
  7. Houston
  8. Arkansas
  9. Ohio State
  10. West Virginia
  11. Kansas
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Texas
  14. Villanova
  15. Florida State
  16. Virginia
  17. Creighton
  18. Loyola Chicago
  19. San Diego State
  20. Texas Tech
  21. Purdue
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Colorado
  24. USC
  25. Oklahoma

Others receiving votes: BYU 93, Oregon 67, Connecticut 53, Clemson 25, Wisconsin 24, Tennessee 14, Wichita State 13, St. Bonaventure 11, Winthrop 7, Virginia Commonwealth 4, LSU 2, San Diego 1, Michigan State 1, UC Santa Barbara 1

About the Associated Press Top 25 Poll

The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949. The original poll had 20 teams, with Saint Louis the first school to hold the No. 1 ranking. From the 1961-62 season through 1967-68 only 10 teams were ranked. It expanded again to 20 teams from 1968-69 through 1988-89. The Top 25 began the next season, and it has stayed at that number ever since. The AP’s final poll is released after the field for the NCAA Tournament is selected.

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