Zags stay at No. 2 in this week’s AP Top 25, BYU moves to No. 23

Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev with the two-handed slam against Pacific. Petrusev finished the night with 15 points.
Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev with the two-handed slam against Pacific. Petrusev finished the night with 15 points.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Baylor and Kansas just keep winning. That sets up a monumental showdown Saturday between the top-ranked Bears and No. 3 Jayhawks that could help decide not only the Big 12 title but the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament.

The two teams were separated once again by Gonzaga in the latest college basketball poll from The Associated Press on Monday. The Zags aren’t the only West Coast Conference team in the Top 25 this week. The BYU Cougars moved to No. 23.

The Bears (23-1) had 48 first-place votes from the 63-member media panel, while the Bulldogs (26-1) had 14 first-place nods and the Jayhawks (22-3) had the only remaining first-place vote.

1. Baylor
2. Gonzaga
3. Kansas
4. San Diego St.
5. Dayton
6. Duke
7. Maryland
8. Florida St.
9. Penn St.
10. Kentucky
11. Louisville
12. Villanova
13. Auburn
14. Oregon
15. Creighton
16. Seton Hall
17. West Virginia
18. Colorado
19. Marquette
20. Iowa
21. Butler
22. Houston
23. BYU
24. Arizona
25. Ohio St.

The Zags took down Pepperdine 89-77 in Malibu on Saturday. Filip Petrusev picked up any slack, scoring 16 points in the first 12 minutes. He finished with 27 points to lead Gonzaga in scoring.

Only seven players got into the game for the Bulldogs, and six of them finished in double-digit scoring. The Zags played without Killian Tillie again, the coaching staff likely limiting his minutes as the regular season winds down and the NCAA Tournament nears.

The Zags are back in Spokane and will take on USF in the Kennel. They head to Utah to play BYU on Saturday.

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