Houston Cougars

Houston guard Terrance Arceneaux (23) celebrates his 3-point shot against Oregon with forward J'Wan Roberts (13) and Houston guard Jamal Shead (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

Houston is the No. 1 team in the AP men's college basketball poll. It is the first top ranking for the Cougars since Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon had Houston there in the final poll of the 1982-83 season.

They received 45 of 63 first-place votes from a national media panel. Texas climbed to No. 2 with Virginia, Arizona and Purdue rounding out the top five.

North Carolina had been No. 1 all season but fell all the way to 18 after losing twice last week. Every slot in the Top 25 has a new team this week except for No. 16 Illinois.

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