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BYU basketball still getting 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 men’s basketball team hasn’t played since Dec. 23 after its two West Coast Conference-opening games last week were postponed, but the Cougars garnered a couple more votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.

The Cougars got 18 votes, up from 16 last week and nine the week before that. BYU (9-2) is essentially ranked No. 33 in the country. Fourteen teams after the Cougars received at least one vote, including a couple of squads BYU has played this season, San Diego State (4) and Boise State (3).

The Cougars’ WCC foe Gonzaga remained No. 1 in the poll, and Baylor stayed at No. 2. Villanova moved up one spot to No. 3, Texas rose four spots to No. 4 and Iowa jumped up five spots to No. 5.

For the second week in a row, Oregon remained the only Pac-12 team in the top 25, but for the second week in a row, it moved up four spots, this time to No. 17. Arizona, Colorado and UCLA all got votes.