PROVO — The BYU Cougars, after a close loss last week at New Mexico and a 13-point win over Utah, are ranked No. 12 in both men's college basketball polls that were released Monday morning.

The Cougars, 21-2 overall and 6-1 in the Mountain West Conference, remain at No.12 in the AP poll despite getting 150 fewer points in the balloting than they received last week. They dropped, however, from No. 10 to No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

In front of BYU in the AP poll, tied for No. 10, are Duke and Kansas State, with both receiving 1,025 points in the balloting. The Cougars got 748 points, 71 points ahead of Ohio State in the 13th spot. New Mexico, after the win over BYU, moved up in the AP poll from No. 23 to No. 15.

In the coaches' poll, the Cougars received 432 points, only one point behind No. 11 Kansas State. They are 81 points ahead of No. 13 Gonzaga. In both polls BYU is the highest ranked team in the west. New Mexico broke into the coaches' poll for the second time this season at No. 23. UNLV is 33rd and 34th in the AP and coaches polls, respectively.

The new No. 1 team in both polls is Kansas. The Jayhawks, in the AP poll, got 54 first-place votes. In the coaches' poll they got 24 of a possible 31 first-place votes. Rounding out the AP Top 5 are Villanova, Syracuse, Kentucky and Michigan State. In the coaches' poll, Syracuse and Kentucky flip-flop the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 31, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Kansas (54) 20-1 1,605 2

2. Villanova (4) 19-1 1,534 3

3. Syracuse (6) 21-1 1,506 4

4. Kentucky (1) 20-1 1,460 1

5. Michigan St. 19-3 1,367 5

6. West Virginia 17-3 1,230 9

7. Georgetown 16-4 1,204 7

8. Purdue 18-3 1,182 10

9. Texas 18-3 1,069 6

10. Duke 17-4 1,025 8

10. Kansas St. 17-4 1,025 11

12. BYU 21-2 748 12

13. Ohio St. 16-6 677 20

14. Tennessee 16-4 655 14

15. New Mexico 20-3 636 23

16. Wisconsin 16-5 585 16

17. Gonzaga 17-4 541 13

18. Vanderbilt 16-4 502 21

19. Temple 18-4 495 15

20. Baylor 16-4 461 24

21. Georgia Tech 16-5 459 22

22. Pittsburgh 16-5 278 17

23. Butler 18-4 216 —

24. N. Iowa 19-2 193 —

25. Mississippi 16-5 132 18

Others receiving votes: Florida St. 77, Cornell 39, UAB 32, Wake Forest 31, Xavier 31, Siena 19, Rhode Island 17 17-3, Clemson 16, UNLV 16, Missouri 13, Charlotte 12, Marquette 10, Saint Mary's, Calif. 9, UTEP 7, Wichita St. 5, Oklahoma St. 3, Maryland 2, George Mason 1.

USA Today-ESPN TOP 25

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 31, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Kansas (26) 20-1 769 2

2. Villanova (4) 19-1 735 3

3. Kentucky (1) 20-1 705 1

4. Syracuse 21-1 703 4

5. Michigan State 19-3 652 5

6. West Virginia 17-3 596 9

7. Purdue 18-3 552 12

8. Georgetown 16-4 550 11

9. Duke 17-4 503 7

10. Texas 18-3 495 6

11. Kansas State 17-4 433 13

12. Brigham Young 21-2 432 10

13. Gonzaga 17-4 351 8

14. Tennessee 16-4 330 14

15. Butler 18-4 297 18

16. Wisconsin 16-5 277 16

17. Temple 18-4 253 15

18. Ohio State 16-6 245 24

19. Georgia Tech 16-5 211 22

20. Vanderbilt 16-4 160 23

21. Pittsburgh 16-5 133 17

22. Northern Iowa 19-2 129 25

23. New Mexico 20-3 125 —

24. Baylor 16-4 109 —

25. Cornell 18-3 53 —

Others receiving votes: Mississippi 52, Clemson 49, Florida State 34, Missouri 32, UAB 21, Saint Mary's 18, Xavier 15, Rhode Island 11, UNLV 11, Siena 8, Connecticut 6, Maryland 5, Louisiana Tech 4, Virginia Tech 4, Tulsa 3, California 2, Oklahoma State 2.

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