UK Men's Basketball

Kentucky men’s basketball moves back into top 10 after win over Louisville

By The Associated Press

Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) dunked for two of his 14 points as Kentucky defeated Louisville 75-73.
Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) dunked for two of his 14 points as Kentucky defeated Louisville 75-73. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Kentucky improved two slots in the latest men’s college basketball poll by the Associated Press while Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma remained the top three teams.

The Spartans have been No. 1 in the poll for four weeks. They were again a runaway choice, receiving all but one first-place vote Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas drew the other No. 1 vote. Following Oklahoma are Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Kentucky. The top nine teams remained the same from last week. Kentucky beat Louisville on Saturday and replaced Providence, which dropped to 12th.

No. 25 UCLA is the lone newcomer. The Bruins had been ranked for one week earlier this season. They replaced George Washington, which dropped out from No. 20 following a loss to DePaul.

The 10-0 Kentucky women’s basketball team remained ranked at No. 7 in the latest poll results released Monday. Like the men, the top nine slots in the women’s poll were unchanged from last week with UConn No. 1 and South Carolina No. 2.

The top 25 men’s basketball teams with their win-loss records, points in this week’s poll and previous week’s ranking.

1. Michigan St. (64)

13-0

1,623

1

2. Kansas (1)

10-1

1,534

2

3. Oklahoma

11-0

1,498

3

4. Maryland

11-1

1,428

4

5. Virginia

10-1

1,351

5

6. Xavier

12-0

1,296

6

7. North Carolina

10-2

1,219

7

8. Arizona

12-1

1,081

8

9. Butler

10-1

984

9

10. Kentucky

10-2

963

12

11. Iowa St.

10-1

938

11

12. Providence

12-1

923

10

13. Miami

10-1

867

13

14. Purdue

12-1

818

14

15. Duke

9-2

781

15

16. Villanova

9-2

643

17

17. SMU

11-0

636

18

18. Louisville

11-2

516

16

19. West Virginia

10-1

500

19

20. Texas A&M

9-2

371

21

21. Utah

10-2

224

24

22. Cincinnati

10-3

199

22

23. Baylor

9-2

195

23

24. South Carolina

11-0

175

25

25. UCLA

9-4

51

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