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Baylor remains No. 1, top 7 unchanged

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Baylor is No. 1 for a second straight week in an AP Top 25 poll that had no major changes at the top, a rare bit of stability in a wildly unpredictable season.

The Bears stayed well ahead of No. 2 Gonzaga in Monday's poll, part of an unchanged top seven for the first time this season. The only change in the top 10 came with Villanova moving up a spot to No. 8 to swap positions with No. 9 Duke. That comes in a season that has seen seven different teams reach No. 1 this season, matching a record set during the 1982-83 season.

Baylor (17-1) hopped over Gonzaga last week to reach No. 1 for the second time in program history, though the Bears lasted only a week on top in its previous stint in January 2017. This time, they earned 44 of 64 first-place votes to keep a firm hold on the top spot after beating Oklahoma and Florida last week.


Braun leads No. 3 Kansas by Oklahoma St.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Freshman Christian Braun had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Kansas to a 65-50 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday night.

Kansas (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) has won five in a row, including a 74-68 triumph over Tennessee on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, as well as its last five on the road. The short-handed Jayhawks were playing their second game since Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack were suspended for their roles in an ugly postgame brawl with rival Kansas State. McCormack can return from his two-game suspension for Kansas' next game, at home against Texas Tech.


Garza rallies No. 18 Iowa past Wisconsin

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Luka Garza had 21 points and 18 rebounds and No. 18 Iowa rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Wisconsin 68-62 on Monday night.

The Hawkeyes (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten) trailed 57-45 with 7:13 to play before going on a 19-2 run. Joe Toussaint's layup and free throw with 1:20 to go gave Iowa a 60-59 lead, and the Hawkeyes did not trail again.


Michigan G Simpson suspended vs. Huskers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policies and will miss Tuesday night's game at Nebraska.

"While we are disappointed with what has transpired with Zavier, we know there are always lessons to learn and grow from. We take these matters and consequences very seriously," coach Juwan Howard said in a statement Monday. "Moving forward, we will continue to handle this matter appropriately within our program and basketball family."


ACC penalizes Irish, Brey for comments

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference has fined Notre Dame $20,000 and publicly reprimanded Fighting Irish basketball coach Mike Brey for his comments about officiating after Saturday’s loss at Florida State.

The league announced the penalties Monday, saying Brey’s comments “were in direct violation” of the league’s sportsmanship policy that states that public criticism of officiating “is not in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics.”


UNC extends win streak at NC State to 7

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The injuries have piled up at North Carolina. So too have the losses in the roughest season of Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams' tenure with his alma mater.

And yet, the Tar Heels went to North Carolina State and celebrated again on their rival's homecourt.


No. 4 SDSU gets by UNLV to move to 21-0

LAS VEGAS (AP) While remaining the country's only unbeaten team was important to the San Diego State Aztecs, they had another milestone on their minds Sunday.

"It was important because we wanted to hit 21-0 and make (school) history," junior Trey Pulliam said.


Maryland ends on 7-0 run to edge Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Jalen Smith's first-half 3-point flurry helped stake Maryland to a double-digit lead. His ability to fight through Indiana's halftime adjustments kept the 17th-ranked Terrapins close in the second half. And then he finished with a flourish.

After catching a pass from Anthony Cowan Jr. in the post, the sophomore forward scored on a layup with 14.5 seconds left to cap an improbable last-minute comeback for the Terps, who beat the Hoosiers 77-76 on Sunday.


Spartans cruise to easy win over Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Michigan State weathered another sluggish start, then wore down Minnesota.

The Spartans reasserted themselves after a rough loss, and the Gophers paid the price.


No. 12 Oregon routs error-prone UCLA

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) UCLA was in a giving mood and Oregon was only too happy to be on the receiving end.

The 12th-ranked Ducks took advantage of a season-worst 23 turnovers by the Bruins to score 34 points and went on to a 96-75 victory Sunday, the largest winning margin for Oregon in the series since 2003.

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