Gophers move up to No. 16 in AP top-25 poll

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With two wins over top-25 teams last week, the Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball team moved up five spots to No. 16 in the Associated Press top-25 poll, released Monday.

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Minnesota entered the AP top-25 poll for the first time since the 2017-18 season last week at No. 21. The Gophers played three top-25 foes in the past seven days, defeating No. 17 Michigan State, losing to No. 6 Wisconsin and beating No. 25 Ohio State.

The No. 16 ranking is the Gophers’ highest since being slotted 14th during the 2017-18 season.

Richard Pitino’s squad is one of seven Big Ten teams to be included in the top 25 — No. 5 Iowa, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Illinois, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 23 Michigan State.

The Gophers return to the court Wednesday to face the 10th-ranked Wolverines at Williams Arena.

AP TOP 25 POLL — WEEK 7 (released Jan. 4)

RANKTEAMPV RANK
1Gonzaga (10-0)1
2Baylor (9-0)2
3Villanova (8-1)4
4Texas (8-1)8
5Iowa (9-2)10
6Kansas (8-2)3
7Creighton (8-2)11
8Wisconsin (9-2)6
9Tennessee (7-1)7
10Michigan (9-0)16
11Houston (8-1)5
12Illinois (8-3)15
13Missouri (7-1)12
14West Virginia (8-3)9
15Rutgers (7-2)14
16Minnesota (10-2)21
17Oregon (8-1)21
18Texas Tech (8-3)13
t-19Clemson (8-1)NR
t-19Virginia Tech (8-1)24
21Duke (3-2)20
22Virginia (5-2)23
t-23St. Louis (7-1)NR
t-23Michigan State (7-3)17
25Florida State (5-2)18