Kentucky drops to 24th in AP Poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and the third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that with the trio sitting 1-2-3 in the poll as they continue extended winning streaks.

Michigan State climbed a spot to No. 4, followed by No. 5 Xavier.

Sixth-ranked Cincinnati moved to its highest ranking since January 2004, followed by No. 7 Texas Tech reaching its highest ranking since March 1996. And eighth-ranked Auburn has its highest ranking since January 2000.

Ninth-ranked Duke and No. 10 Kansas rounded out the top 10. They slid along with fellow national powers Arizona and Kentucky after losses in an upset-filled weekend.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

RecordPtsPrv

  1. Villanova (48) 22-1      1608     1
  2. Virginia (16) 22-1      1572     2
  3. Purdue (1) 23-2      1500     3
  4. Michigan St. 22-3      1407     5
  5. Xavier 21-3      1350     6
  6. Cincinnati 21-2      1305     8
  7. Texas Tech 19-4      1182     10
  8. Auburn 21-2      1138     11
  9. Duke 19-4 1075     4
  10. Kansas 18-5      1015     7
  11. Saint Mary’s (Cal) 23-2      895       13
  12. Gonzaga 21-4      851       14
  13. Arizona 19-5      816       9
  14. Ohio St. 20-5      747       17
  15. Tennessee 17-5      739       18
  16. Clemson 19-4      720       20
  17. Oklahoma 16-6      636       12
  18. Rhode Island 19-3      486       22
  19. West Virginia 17-6      457       15
  20. Michigan 19-6      331       24
  21. North Carolina 17-7      304       19
  22. Wichita St. 17-5      295       16
  23. Nevada 20-4      205       –
  24. Kentucky 17-6      133       21
  25. Miami 17-5      76         –

Others receiving votes: Butler 65, Washington 54, Florida St. 27, New Mexico St. 23, Seton Hall 20, Creighton 18, Arizona St. 17, Texas 15, NC State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma St. 2, ETSU 1, Vermont 1.

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