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BYU basketball gets a couple more votes in AP poll

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Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) and Brigham Young Cougars forward Caleb Lohner (33) defend Weber State Wildcats guard Isiah Brown (12) as they play an NCAA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The BYU basketball team saw a slight increase in votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday morning.

A week after garnering nine votes — the Cougars’ first time getting votes this season — head coach Mark Pope and company received 12 vote Monday. BYU remains effectively ranked No. 35 in the country. Eleven additional teams received at least one vote.

The Cougars claimed two victories in the last week, beating Texas Southern and Weber State to close out nonconference play. BYU will open West Coast Conference action Thursday at Pepperdine, then will stay in Southern California to face San Diego on Saturday.

The Cougars’ WCC foe Gonzaga remained No. 1 in the poll. Baylor and Kansas remained No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Iowa dropped from No. 4 to No. 10 after losing to Minnesota in overtime on Christmas Day. Villanova and Houston both moved up one spot to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Oregon remained the only Pac-12 team in the Top 25, although it moved up four spots to No. 21. Colorado and UCLA were the only other teams in the conference to garner votes for the second week in a row.