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Kentucky climbs back to 4th in AP poll; Louisville jumps to 19th

By The Associated Press

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee got free for a first-half dunk against Arizona State.
Kentucky forward Marcus Lee got free for a first-half dunk against Arizona State. Lexington Herald-Leader

Michigan State and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll, but one week after it fell to 5th, Kentucky climbed up one notch.

The Spartans (11-0) are a runaway No. 1, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. Kansas (8-1) was on top of the other ballot.

Oklahoma, after its impressive win over Villanova, jumps from seventh to third and is followed by Kentucky, Iowa State, Maryland, Duke, Virginia, Purdue and Xavier.

Louisville jumped from 22 to 19. (Kentucky was also No. 4 in the USA Today poll)

George Washington and UCLA join the poll for the first time this season at 21st and 22nd. No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Connecticut both rejoin the Top 25 after having been ranked earlier in the season.

Vanderbilt, Oregon, Utah and Gonzaga dropped out from last week. It is the first time out of the poll for Gonzaga since late in the 2013-14 season. The teams and ranks are.

1. Michigan St. 11-0

2. Kansas 8-1

3. Oklahoma 7-0

4. Kentucky 9-1

5. Iowa St. 9-0

6. Maryland 9-1

7. Duke 8-1

8. Virginia 8-1

9. Purdue 11-0

10. Xavier 10-0

11. North Carolina 7-2

12. Villanova 8-1

13. Arizona 9-1

14. Providence 10-1

15. Miami 8-1

16. Baylor 7-1

17. Butler 8-1

18. SMU 7-0

19. Louisville 7-1

20. West Virginia 8-1

21. George Washington 9-1

22. UCLA 7-3

23. Cincinnati 8-2

24. Texas A&M 8-2

25. UConn 6-3

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