World News – USA – AP Men’s College Basketball Survey 2020: Full Week Two Ranking Released

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While it barely went smoothly, the first week of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season is on the books.

Gonzaga remains the nation’s best team after an unbeaten week, highlighted by a season opening win over Kansas, followed by Baylor, who also got through the opening verse 2-0. Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois round out the top five after a few surprises elsewhere messed up the top of the rankings.

Villanova and Virginia both fell back into the rankings after unrest. The Wildcats allowed Virginia Tech to shoot 50 percent from a distance and watched their own long shots fall in an 81-73 loss to the Hokies over time. Keve Aluma led with 23 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 20 from the bench for Virginia Tech, who moved up to # 1 in the rankings. 16.

Villanova was in the lead at 12, less than nine minutes from time, but couldn’t seal the deal.

« When you have a head start and you’re playing against a good team, you have to play all possession until the end, » Villanova manager Jay Wright told reporters. « So we’re definitely going to learn this the hard way. « 

San Francisco knocked out 13 threes and narrowed Virginia to three in a 61-60 surprise from the Cavaliers. After only 21 points in the first half, the Dons exploded after the break for 40 points and led by up to seven points. Sam Hauser missed a three-point shot for Virginia that would have allowed them to escape with a win.

« Look at it in the mirror and grow from it, » Virginia trainer Tony Bennett told reporters. « We have to harden ourselves somehow. We have to get gritty. We have to be tougher to score against ourselves and be the best version of ourselves. « 

Three-point problems also came to Kentucky, where all 10 of his attempts were missed in a 76-64 surprise against Richmond. Four spiders went into double digits to give the program its first road win against a top 10 team.

Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo led the team with 18 points and led Richmond’s second half with 48 points.

« It’s so rare to play a team like Kentucky, » Richmond manager Chris Mooney told reporters. « It’s great for us to have the opportunity to play with a great team and we took that opportunity. It’s a huge win. Kentucky very rarely loses, they very rarely lose from the conference so this is a great win. « 

The spiders slipped at No.. 1 in the top 25. 19, while Kentucky one place behind them at No.. 1 sits. 20th. The 10 point drop in the Wildcats is the second highest of the week after Virginia’s 11 point slide.

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