Baylor has strengthened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. The Bears received 49 of 65 first-place votes in the latest poll to stay comfortably ahead of Gonzaga and Kansas. That's up from 44 first-place votes from the previous week. The Bears are atop the rankings for a third straight week. The Zags got 15 first-place votes after having 19 a week earlier. No. 9 Maryland and No. 11 Auburn made the week's biggest jumps. Each rose six spots. No. 21 Creighton and No. 23 Arizona re-entered the poll. Wichita State and Rutgers fell out.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Baylor (49)19-116081
2. Gonzaga (15)23-115672
3. Kansas (1)18-314723
4. San Diego St.23-014474
5. Louisville19-313526
6. Dayton20-212717
7. Duke18-312429
8. Florida St.18-311885
9. Maryland17-499915
10. Villanova17-49598
11. Auburn19-292617
12. Seton Hall16-590010
13. West Virginia17-482712
14. Oregon18-575811
15. Kentucky16-566013
16. Michigan St.16-662414
17. Iowa16-660418
18. LSU17-457222
19. Butler17-543716
20. Illinois16-637319
21. Creighton17-5372
22. Penn St.16-535624
23. Arizona15-6164
24. Colorado17-513420
25. Houston17-58521

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 66, Marquette 31, Ohio St. 19, Tulsa 19, Rhode Island 18, N. Iowa 17, Wichita St. 17, BYU 14, Rutgers 12, Stanford 7, Stephen F. Austin 3, Bowling Green 1, Michigan 1, Virginia 1, Winthrop 1, Yale 1.