Kentucky back on top of poll
Wildcats receive 61 first-place votes to claim No. 1 spot this week
Kentucky, the only team in last week’s top four not to lose last weekend, is back on top of The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.
The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, moved up one place Monday after receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
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Missouri, which got two No. 1 votes, jumped from fifth to second, while Syracuse, which was No. 1 for the last six weeks, dropped to third after losing at Notre Dame, its first loss this season. The Orange were No. 1 still on two ballots.
Ohio State and Kansas moved up two places to fourth and fifth and were followed by Baylor, which fell three places after losing two games last week, North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown and Michigan State. Duke dropped four places after losing to Florida State at home.
Murray State, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I, is 11th.
Florida State, which beat North Carolina and Duke in its four-game winning streak, moves back into the poll at No. 23. Wisconsin, which has won four consecutive games after losing three in a row, is back at No. 25.
Illinois, which lost to Penn State and Wisconsin last week, dropped out from 22nd. Louisville, which reached as high as No. 4 this season but has lost five of eight, fell out from 23rd.
North Carolina is the only other team to be ranked No. 1 this season, holding the spot in the preseason Top 25 and the first poll of the regular season.