NCAA basketball rankings 2017: Baylor is No. 1 for the first time ever

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Updated: January 9, 2017
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By Mike Rutherford

The undefeated Bears continue to build on a historic start to their 2016-17 season.

For the first time in program history, the Baylor Bears are the top-ranked college basketball team in the country. Scott Drew’s team secured the honor by knocking off Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the same week that Villanova was upset by Butler.

Baylor, which received 55 of the possible 65 first-place votes from the Associated Press, becomes the fourth different team to be ranked No. 1 this season, joining Duke, Kentucky, and ‘Nova.

Kansas, which received eight first-place votes, jumped a spot from No. 3 to No. 2. The other two first-place votes went to Villanova and UCLA, which check in at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Rounding out the top five is the only team in the country besides Baylor yet to taste defeat this season, 15-0 Gonzaga.

Here’s the entire AP poll for this week:

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Via:: http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2017/1/9/14214454/2017-college-basketball-rankings-baylor-bears-no-1-duke-kentucky

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RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Baylor (55) 15-0 1,608
2 Kansas (8) 14-1 1,517
3 Villanova (1) 15-1 1,499
4 UCLA (1) 16-1 1,433
5 Gonzaga 15-0 1,366
6 Kentucky 13-2 1,327
7 Duke 14-2 1,173
8 Creighton 15-1 1,111
9 Florida State 15-1 1,071
10 West Virginia 13-2 972
11 North Carolina 14-3 902
12 Butler 14-2 880
13 Oregon 15-2 869
14 Louisville 13-3 744
15 Xavier 13-2 651
16 Arizona 15-2 634
17 Purdue 14-3 584
18 Wisconsin 13-3 581
19 Virginia 12-3