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Gophers move up to No. 16 in AP top-25 poll

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With two wins over top-25 teams last week, the Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball team moved up five spots to No. 16 in the Associated Press top-25 poll, released Monday.

Minnesota entered the AP top-25 poll for the first time since the 2017-18 season last week at No. 21. The Gophers played three top-25 foes in the past seven days, defeating No. 17 Michigan State, losing to No. 6 Wisconsin and beating No. 25 Ohio State.

The No. 16 ranking is the Gophers’ highest since being slotted 14th during the 2017-18 season.

Richard Pitino’s squad is one of seven Big Ten teams to be included in the top 25 — No. 5 Iowa, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Illinois, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 23 Michigan State.

The Gophers return to the court Wednesday to face the 10th-ranked Wolverines at Williams Arena.

AP TOP 25 POLL — WEEK 7 (released Jan. 4)

RANK TEAM PV RANK
1 Gonzaga (10-0) 1
2 Baylor (9-0) 2
3 Villanova (8-1) 4
4 Texas (8-1) 8
5 Iowa (9-2) 10
6 Kansas (8-2) 3
7 Creighton (8-2) 11
8 Wisconsin (9-2) 6
9 Tennessee (7-1) 7
10 Michigan (9-0) 16
11 Houston (8-1) 5
12 Illinois (8-3) 15
13 Missouri (7-1) 12
14 West Virginia (8-3) 9
15 Rutgers (7-2) 14
16 Minnesota (10-2) 21
17 Oregon (8-1) 21
18 Texas Tech (8-3) 13
t-19 Clemson (8-1) NR
t-19 Virginia Tech (8-1) 24
21 Duke (3-2) 20
22 Virginia (5-2) 23
t-23 St. Louis (7-1) NR
t-23 Michigan State (7-3) 17
25 Florida State (5-2) 18

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