Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma top poll


UK falls to No. 12, WVU No. 19

John Calapari


The Associated Press

Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma held the top three spots in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for a second straight week. There was a shakeup in the rest of the top 10 after a weekend of upsets.

The Spartans (12-0) were a near unanimous choice, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel. Kansas (9-1) got the other No. 1 vote.

Following Oklahoma were Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Providence, which is in the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 17, 1978.

Utah, which returned to the rankings following its win over Duke on Saturday, and South Carolina, which is ranked for the first time since the final poll of 2003-04, are the week’s newcomers at 24th and 25th. They replace UCLA and Connecticut.

Kentucky fell to No. 12 after losing to Ohio State.

West Virginia moved up one to No. 19 after wins over Louisiana-Monroe and Marshall.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

1. Michigan St. (64) 12-0 1,623 1

2. Kansas (1) 9-1 1,537 2

3. Oklahoma 8-0 1,495 3

4. Maryland 10-1 1,428 6

5. Virginia 9-1 1,350 8

6. Xavier 11-0 1,287 10

7. North Carolina 9-2 1,215 11

8. Arizona 11-1 1,056 13

9. Butler 9-1 947 17

10. Providence 11-1 911 14

11. Iowa St. 9-1 907 5

12. Kentucky 9-2 856 4

13. Miami 9-1 851 15

14. Purdue 11-1 833 9

15. Duke 9-2 809 7

16. Louisville 9-1 652 19

17. Villanova 8-2 649 12

18. SMU 9-0 628 18

19. West Virginia 9-1 470 20

20. George Washington 10-1 366 21

21. Texas A&M 9-2 327 24

22. Cincinnati 10-2 315 23

23. Baylor 8-2 141 16

24. Utah 9-2 107 —

25. South Carolina 10-0 87 —

Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, UConn 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, N. Iowa 15, UALR 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth (NJ) 6, Iowa 5, Florida 3, Texas 3, Northwestern 2.

John Calapari
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UK falls to No. 12, WVU No. 19
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