After a bit of a shaky start to their season at home, the Kentucky men’s basketball team dropped two spots to No. 7 in the first regular season Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.
The Cats, ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll, overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to Utah Valley before battling to a 10-point win on Friday and then had difficulty with a veteran Vermont team on Sunday, holding off the Catamounts 73-69 on Sunday.
Duke, which thrashed Utah Valley by 30 points Saturday, held onto its No. 1 ranking from the preseason. The Blue Devils received 34 of 65 first-place votes from national media. Duke had 32 first-place votes in the preseason poll.
No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16 and No. 4 Kansas had 2.
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Supplanting the Cats were Villanova at No. 5 and Wichita State at No. 6. Florida, North Carolina and Southern California round out the top 10.
Kentucky gets a chance to prove itself Tuesday in a matchup with No. 4 Kansas in Chicago at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Men’s Associated Press Top 25
2. Michigan State
6. Wichita State
9. North Carolina
11. Miami (Fla.)
13. Notre Dame
16. Texas A&M
21. St. Mary’s (Calif.)
22. Seton Hall
24. West Virginia