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Kentucky remains atop AP poll; MSU earns points

Associated Press

Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press Top 25 for the third straight week.

The Wildcats (25-0) received all 65 first-place votes from a media panel Monday after holding off LSU and rolling over South Carolina last week.

Michigan State (17-8), which won two games last week, including a 59-56 victory over No. 24 Ohio State, earned 17 points — it's most since it was ranked No. 25 (116 points) on Dec. 15. The Spartans earned 20 points in the coaches poll, which also has Kentucky as its top team.

The top eight teams remained the same from last week, with Virginia at No. 2, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, Wisconsin, Villanova, Arizona and Kansas.

Utah moved into the top 10 for the second time this season, up two spots to No. 9. Louisville dropped three spots to No. 12 after losing to North Carolina State on Saturday.

Northern Iowa moved up two spots to No. 11 for its highest ranking ever.

Detroit News staff contributed

Associated Press Top 25

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Kentucky (65)

25-0

1,625

1

2. Virginia

23-1

1,524

2

3. Gonzaga

26-1

1,475

3

4. Duke

22-3

1,449

4

5. Wisconsin

23-2

1,387

5

6. Villanova

23-2

1,302

6

7. Arizona

22-3

1,213

7

8. Kansas

21-4

1,195

8

9. Utah

20-4

1,051

11

10. Notre Dame

22-4

1,038

10

11. Northern Iowa

24-2

955

13

12. Louisville

20-5

882

9

13. Wichita State

23-3

862

15

14. Iowa State

18-6

761

14

15. North Carolina

18-7

658

12

16. Maryland

21-5

640

19

17. Oklahoma

17-8

554

17

18. Arkansas

20-5

476

24

19. Butler

18-7

456

18

20. Baylor

18-7

364

16

21. SMU

21-5

299

25

22. Oklahoma State

17-8

240

21

23. West Virginia

19-6

154

21

24. Ohio State

19-7

139

23

25. VCU

19-6

109

20

Others receiving votes: Texas 70, San Diego State 64, Providence 44, Murray State 38, Temple 28, Georgetown 23, Michigan State 17, Dayton 10, Texas A&M 8, Valparaiso 8, Indiana 7.

Coaches poll

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Kentucky (31)

25-0

799

1

2. Gonzaga (1)

26-1

745

2

3. Virginia

23-1

729

3

4. Wisconsin

23-2

708

4

5. Duke

22-3

690

5

6. Villanova

23-2

647

6

7. Arizona

22-3

589

7

8. Kansas

21-4

566

9

9. Utah

20-4

520

10

10. Notre Dame

22-4

505

11

11. Northern Iowa

24-2

469

12

12. Louisville

20-5

444

8

13. Wichita State

23-3

436

13

14. Iowa State

18-6

370

14

15. Maryland

21-5

314

19

16. North Carolina

18-7

277

15

17. Arkansas

20-5

257

23

17. Oklahoma

17-8

257

17

19. Butler

18-7

226

18

20. Baylor

18-7

155

16

21. SMU

21-5

131

25

22. West Virginia

19-6

119

20

23. Ohio State

19-7

99

21

24. Oklahoma State

17-8

69

24

25. San Diego State

20-6

61

Others receiving votes: VCU 51, Providence 22, Indiana 20, Michigan State 20, Dayton 17, Georgetown 16, Stephen F. Austin 12, Murray State 10, Valparaiso 8, Texas A&M 3, Iowa 2, LSU 2, Boise State 1, Colorado State 1, Rhode Island 1.