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Kentucky climbs back into top 10 in final basketball poll

By The Associated Press

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Kentucky climbed six slots back into the top 10 in the final Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

The poll and the NCAA Tournament don’t agree on the top four teams.

Kansas is No. 1 for the third straight week. and fifth overall, while Michigan State, not one of the NCAA field’s top four seeds, is second followed by North Carolina and Virginia.

The Jayhawks (30-4) received 63 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan State, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, got the other two No. 1 votes.

Oregon, the NCAA’s other No. 1 seed, is fifth followed by Villanova, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Xavier. Miami and Kentucky are tied for 10th.

Big East champion Seton Hall is the week’s only newcomer at No. 20, replacing Texas.

There were six No. 1s this season – one off the record set in 1982-83 – and Kansas’ five weeks were the most on top.

There were 44 schools ranked this season and the Atlantic Coast Conference had the most with eight.

Beyond buzzer-beaters and bracket-busters, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is big business. This is a look at some of the numbers—and dollars—surrounding March Madness.

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ final 2015-16 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

 

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Kansas (63)

30-4

1,623

1

2. Michigan St. (2)

29-5

1,552

2

3. North Carolina

28-6

1,488

7

4. Virginia

26-7

1,384

4

5. Oregon

28-6

1,371

8

6. Villanova

29-5

1,283

3

7. Oklahoma

25-7

1,215

6

8. West Virginia

26-8

1,193

9

9. Xavier

27-5

1,127

5

10. Kentucky

26-8

920

16

10. Miami

25-7

920

11

12. Purdue

26-8

873

13

13. Utah

26-8

870

12

14. Indiana

25-7

828

10

15. Texas A&M

26-8

682

17

16. Louisville

23-8

585

14

17. Arizona

25-8

559

15

18. Maryland

25-8

489

18

19. Duke

23-10

383

19

20. Seton Hall

25-8

374

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21. Baylor

22-11

347

22

22. Iowa St.

21-11

317

21

23. California

23-10

270

24

24. SMU

25-5

84

25

25. Iowa

21-10

82

20

Others receiving votes: Texas 69, Notre Dame 61, Saint Joseph’s 60, UConn 34, Stephen F. Austin 12, Dayton 11, Wichita St. 9, Wisconsin 9, Gonzaga 8, UALR 5, Providence 4, Butler 3, Cincinnati 3, Monmouth (NJ) 3, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 3, Valparaiso 3, Yale 3, Michigan 2, Stony Brook 2, Akron 1, N. Iowa 1.

Ballots Online: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/poll

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