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Mountaineers move up one spot in AP poll

Photo courtesy of WVU Athletics Communications WVU’s Sean McNeil puts up a jumper during Saturday’s loss to No. 4 Texas. The Mountaineers’ game at No. 2 Baylor slated for tonight has been postponed

(AP) — Gonzaga and Baylor were the top two teams in The Associated Press preseason men’s college basketball poll. After eight weeks of twists and turns, that hasn’t changed.

The Zags received 63 of 64 first-place votes from a national media panel in the poll released Monday and the Bears had the other one. Villanova, Texas and Iowa rounded out a top 5 that remained the same from last week.

Gonzaga and Baylor split most of the first-place votes in the preseason AP Top 25, but the Zags have become the clear-cut No. 1 after stringing together a series of routs.

Gonzaga (12-0) has wins over No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Kansas, No. 13 West Virginia and No. 18 Virginia, the closest game a five-point win over the Mountaineers, who moved up one spot to 13th.

Clemson climbed seven spots to No. 12 this week after returning to the poll a week ago. The Tigers beat North Carolina State by four last week.

No. 23 Minnesota lost seven spots after losing to No. 7 Michigan and No. 5 Iowa last week.

No. 22 Oregon dropped five places following a loss to Colorado and a win over Utah.

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