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MSU, Michigan unranked for second straight week

Detroit News staff and wires
Zak Irvin and the Wolverines host Texas on Tuesday night.

Michigan State and Michigan are still on the outside looking in in the Associated Press college basketball poll.

This is the second straight week the Spartans (5-4) and Wolverines (6-2) have not been ranked.

MSU and UM return to action Tuesday with the Spartans hosting Youngstown State at 7 p.m. and the Wolverines at home against Texas at 9 p.m.

Reigning national champion Villanova is the new No. 1 team, for the second time in school history.

The Wildcats (8-0), who were No. 1 for three weeks in February last season, moved up one spot from last week with 57 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

UCLA (9-0), which beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, jumped from 11th to second with two first-place votes. Kentucky, which dropped to sixth, had been No. 1 for the past two weeks. Duke is the other team to be No. 1 this season, for two weeks.

Indiana (7-1) is the highest-ranked Big Ten team at No. 9.

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. Villanova (57 first-place votes), 8-0 record, 1,613 points (last week: 2)

2. UCLA (2), 9-0, 1,478 (11)

3. Kansas, 7-1, 1,458 (4)

4. Baylor (6), 8-0, 1,437 (9)

5. Duke, 8-1, 1,389 (5)

6. Kentucky, 7-1, 1,274 (1)

7. North Carolina, 8-1, 1,234 (3)

8. Gonzaga, 8-0, 1,198 (8)

9. Indiana, 7-1, 1,103 (13)

10. Creighton, 8-0, 1,003 (10)

11. Louisville, 7-1, 901 (14)

12. Saint Mary’s (Calif.), 6-0, 899 (12)

13. Xavier, 7-1, 784 (7)

14. Virginia, 7-1, 758 (6)

15. West Virginia, 6-1, 729 (25)

16. Butler, 8-0, 691 (18)

17. Wisconsin, 7-2, 655 (17)

18. Purdue, 6-2, 485 (15)

19. South Carolina, 8-0, 476 (20)

20. Arizona, 6-2, 320 (16)

21. Florida, 7-1, 285 (24)

22. Cincinnati, 7-1, 258 (NR)

23. Notre Dame, 8-0, 197 (NR)

24. Oregon, 7-2, 175 (23)

25. Iowa State, 5-2, 95 (19)

Others receiving votes: Syracuse 45, Southern Cal 43, Ohio State 40, TCU 33, Florida State 18, Virginia Tech 11, California 10, Maryland 9, Valparaiso 7, Wichita State 5, Temple 3, Michigan State 3, Minnesota 1, IPFW 1, UNC Wilmington 1.