Ballot breakdown: As of Feb. 5

Ballot breakdown: As of Feb. 5

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Villanova 1

2. Virginia 2

3. Purdue 3

4. Xavier 5

5. Michigan State 6

6. Cincinnati 8

7. Texas Tech 13

8. Duke 4

9. Saint Mary's 11

10. Gonzaga 12

11. Arizona 7

12. Ohio State 14

13. Auburn 18

14. Oklahoma 9

15. Kansas 10

16. Clemson 21

17. Rhode Island 20

18. Tennessee 23

19. West Virginia 15

20. North Carolina 16

21. Wichita State 17

22. Michigan —

23. Nevada —

24. Creighton 19

25. Butler —

SCOTT'S TAKE: Who had Auburn ranked in the top 10 (a bit lower on our ballot) with a two-game lead in the SEC in early February? Probably no one but Bruce Pearl. That's especially true considering the Tigers are down a pair of starters from last season — Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy — after they were implicated in the investigation that led to federal charges being filed against former assistant Chuck Person.

Men's AP Top 25

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Villanova (48) 22-1 1

2. Virginia (16) 22-1 2

3. Purdue (1) 23-2 3

4. Michigan State 22-3 5

5. Xavier 21-3 6

6. Cincinnati 21-2 8

7. Texas Tech 19-4 10

8. Auburn 21-2 11

9. Duke 19-4 4

10. Kansas 18-5 7

11. Saint Mary's 23-2 13

12. Gonzaga 21-4 14

13. Arizona 19-5 9

14. Ohio State 20-5 17

15. Tennessee 17-5 18

16. Clemson 19-4 20

17. Oklahoma 16-6 12

18. Rhode Island 19-3 22

19. West Virginia 17-6 15

20. Michigan 19-6 24

21. North Carolina 17-7 19

22. Wichita State 17-5 16

23. Nevada 20-4 28

24. Kentucky 17-6 21

25. Miami 17-5 32

Others Receiving Votes: Butler 65, Washington 54, Florida State 27, New Mexico State 23, Seton Hall 20, Creighton 18, Arizona State 17, Texas 15, North Carolina State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma State 2, East Tennessee State 1, Vermont 1.

Scott's Women's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. UConn 1

2. Mississippi State 2

3. Baylor 3

4. Louisville 4

5. Notre Dame 5

6. Maryland 7

7. South Carolina 6

8. Texas 9

9. Tennessee 11

10. Oregon 8

11. UCLA 12

12. Florida State 10

13. Ohio State 19

14. Oregon State 13

15. Duke 15

16. Green Bay 17

17. Georgia 16

18. Missouri 18

19. Michigan 14

20. Texas A&M 20

21. Belmont 21

22. Stanford —

23. North Carolina State —

24. TCU 22

25. Nebraska 24

SCOTT'S TAKE: Belmont's résumé is pretty simple. The Bruins have won 13 straight games with a potent offense and stingy defense, and winning is rewarded. Belmont should also be favored in its last six games. Even the losses are mostly good. Aside from dropping a mid-December game to Wright State, Belmont's only other losses came in November to teams that were ranked (Oklahoma) or are still ranked (Stanford).

Women's AP Top 25

Team Rec. Prev.

1. UConn (32) 22-0 1

2. Mississippi State 23-0 2

3. Baylor 21-1 3

4. Louisville 24-1 4

5. Notre Dame 22-2 5

6. Texas 18-4 8

7. South Carolina 18-4 7

8. UCLA 18-4 9

9. Oregon 21-4 6

10. Maryland 20-3 11

11. Tennessee 19-4 12

12. Florida State 19-4 10

13. Ohio State 19-5 18

14. Texas A&M 18-6 14

15. Missouri 17-5 15

16. Oregon State 17-6 16

17. Stanford 16-8 24

18. Georgia 20-3 17

19. Duke 18-6 19

20. Green Bay 21-2 20

21. Michigan 19-6 13

22. Oklahoma State 16-6 23

23. N.C State 19-5 —

24. TCU 16-6 22

25. Arizona State 17-7 —

Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia 46, Belmont 28, South Florida 28, LSU 21, Nebraska 12, Mercer 8, Dayton 7, California 2, Iowa 2, Central Michigan 2, Gonzaga 2, Purdue 1, Rutgers 1, DePaul 1.

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