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Kentucky stands pat in latest rankings, but this week’s going to change all that

How did Kentucky withstand Mississippi State’s rally?

Kentucky basketball freshman guard Ashton Hagans talks about what head coach John Calipari after Mississippi State cut the UK lead to one point on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. The Wildcats held on for a 71-67 win.
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Kentucky basketball freshman guard Ashton Hagans talks about what head coach John Calipari after Mississippi State cut the UK lead to one point on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. The Wildcats held on for a 71-67 win.

Kentucky’s two wins last week were not enough to gain any movement in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Monday, despite a loss above the No. 5 Cats in the rankings.

But the Cats face two ranked teams this week, including No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday in Rupp.

Virginia (20-2) traded places with Gonzaga at the No. 4 and No. 3 spots, respectively, after the Cavaliers’ 10-point loss at home to No. 2 Duke.

Kentucky (20-3) jumped to an 18-point lead at Mississippi State on Saturday, but had to survive a huge Bulldogs rally to come away with a 71-67 conference win. Kentucky next faces No. 19 LSU in Rupp Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Tennessee remained No. 1 in despite Duke earning the top overall seed in the NCAA’s initial rankings for March Madness announced Saturday.

The Blue Devils received the top seed from the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, but the Vols received 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel Monday. No. 2 Duke had the remaining 24 first-place votes.

Tennessee was selected No. 1 in the South Region by the selection committee in rankings that will change before Selection Sunday on March 17. The Vols beat Missouri and Florida last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:



Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Tennessee (40)

22-1

1,573

1

2. Duke (24)

21-2

1,554

2

3. Gonzaga

23-2

1,457

4

4. Virginia

20-2

1,406

3

5. Kentucky

20-3

1,330

5

6. Michigan

22-2

1,253

7

7. Nevada

23-1

1,230

6

8. North Carolina

19-4

1,178

8

9. Houston

23-1

1,022

12

10. Marquette

20-4

953

10

11. Michigan St.

19-5

948

9

12. Purdue

17-6

900

15

13. Villanova

19-5

753

14

14. Kansas

18-6

699

13

15. Texas Tech

19-5

660

18

16. Louisville

17-7

542

16

17. Florida St.

18-5

455

22

18. Kansas St

18-5

444

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19. LSU

19-4

437

21

20. Wisconsin

17-7

403

19

21. Iowa

19-5

399

20

22. Virginia Tech

18-5

393

11

23. Iowa St.

18-6

280

17

24. Maryland

18-6

196

24

25. Buffalo

20-3

170

23

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 76, Auburn 35, Wofford 22, Washington 17, Lipscomb 6, TCU 5, Texas 3, Clemson 1.

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