SEC-leading LSU returns to Top 25

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LSU forward Trendon Watford (2) attempts a fall away jump shot over Florida’s Scottie Lewis (23) and Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) during NCAA Basketball action between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA (Photo: Jonathan Mailhes).

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers basketball team has returned to the national polls for the first time since Week 2, ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press media poll released on Monday.

LSU has won eight straight contests including wins last week at home against Florida and on the road at Texas.

The Tigers, 15-4 and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference, host Alabama on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Tickets are available at LSUTix.net and during normal business hours at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office.

In the AP poll, LSU was ranked No. 22 in the preseason poll and No. 23 in the week 2 before falling out of the top 25. LSU received votes the last two weeks before moving into the Top 25 on Monday.

LSU received 260 points from the 64-member voting panel.

AP Top 25
Jan. 27, 2020
Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1, Baylor (17-1), 1,578, 1
2, Gonzaga (21-1), 1,552, 2
3, Kansas (16-3), 1,434, 3
4, San Diego State (21-0), 1,408, 4
5, Florida State (17-2), 1,318, 5
6, Louisville (17-3), 1,277, 6
7, Dayton (18-2), 1,163, 7
8, Villanova (16-3), 1,110, 9
9, Duke (16-3), 1,084, 8
10, Seton Hall (15-4), 1,055, 10
11, Oregon (17-4), 926, 12
12, West Virginia (16-3), 874, 14
13, Kentucky (15-4), 839, 15
14, Michigan State (15-5), 751, 11
15, Maryland (16-4), 650, 17
16, Butler (16-4), 631, 13
17, Auburn (17-2), 619, 16
18, Iowa (14-5), 545, 19
19, Illinois (15-5), 483, 21
20, Colorado (16-4), 314, 23
21, Houston (16-4), 296, 25
22, LSU (15-4), 260, NR
23, Wichita State (17-3), 161, NR
24, Penn State (14-5), 114, NR
25, Rutgers (15-5), 102, 24

Others receiving votes:
Creighton 59, Arizona 55, Texas Tech 33, Ohio State 16, Indiana 15, East Tennessee State 14, Northern Iowa 13, Memphis 11, USC 9, Rhode Island 6, Purdue 6, Florida 4, Arkansas 3, Saint Mary’s 3, Tulsa 3, SMU 3, Wisconsin 1, Akron 1, Harvard 1

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