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AP Basketball Top 25 Poll: Kentucky is unanimous No. 1 again

NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — As expected, Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 team again in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.

The Wildcats (21-0, 8-0 SEC), who defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 70-55 in their last outing over the weekend, are now the only undefeated team left in Division I men’s basketball, following Virginia’s defeat to No. 4 Duke at the weekend as well.

Kentucky, which picked up a pair of wins last week, collected all 65 votes from a media panel and received 1,625 total points to cement its dominance in college basketball this season.

After crushing two opponents last week, Gonzaga (22-1, 10-0 WCC) moved up one place to No. 2 in the poll.

The Bulldogs, who haven’t dropped a game since losing 66-63 in overtime to then-No. 3 Arizona, eased past Portland 64-46 before hammering Memphis, 82-64.

Virginia (19-1, 7-1 ACC), meanwhile dropped one slot to No. 3 in the rankings after suffering its first defeat on the season. The Cavaliers, though, continue to lead the way in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Duke (18-3, 5-3 ACC), despite beating Virginia, stayed at No. 4, while Wisconsin (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) — is back on track again, after being stunned at Rutgers on Jan. 11, is at No. 5.

Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and Louisville complete the top 10, while the next five is rounded out by Notre Dame, Iowa State, North Carolina, Utah and Northern Iowa, who moves up from No. 18 after beating Wichita State 70-5.

The Shockers, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth and Baylor are 16 through 19, with Ohio State back in the poll at No. 20.

Miami, which dropped both games last week and Indiana, which suffered defeats in two of the last three games, both fell out of the rankings this week.

AP Basketball Top 25 Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (65) 21-0 1,625
2 Gonzaga 22-1 1,503
3 Virginia 19-1 1,470
4 Duke 18-3 1,416
5 Wisconsin 19-2 1,381
6 Arizona 20-2 1,338
7 Villanova 19-2 1,209
8 Kansas 18-3 1,177
9 Louisville 18-3 1,114
10 Notre Dame 20-3 1,072
11 Iowa State 16-4 892
12 North Carolina 17-5 861
13 Utah 17-4 824
14 Northern Iowa 20-2 792
15 West Virginia 18-3 779
16 Wichita St 19-3 678
17 Maryland 18-4 508
18 Virginia Commonwealth 17-4 479
19 Baylor 16-5 420
20 Ohio State 17-5 358
21 Oklahoma 14-7 312
22 Butler 16-6 250
23 SMU 18-4 221
24 Georgetown 15-6 162
25 Texas 14-7 106

Dropped from rankings: Indiana 22, Miami (FL) 23

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 40, Seton Hall 22, Arkansas 21, San Diego St 18, Indiana 18, Colorado St 11, Dayton 9, Xavier 8, Tulsa 8, Stephen F. Austin 5, Providence 3, Stanford 3, Temple 2, Murray St 2, Oklahoma St 2, Louisiana Tech 2, Valparaiso 1, Michigan St 1, Rhode Island 1, Georgia 1

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