Oklahoma a unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25 hoops poll


WVU moves up to No. 6; UK drops to No. 23

Staff Report

The West Virginia Mountaineers moved up to No. 6 in the men’s AP basketball poll on Monday following their upset last week of previously No. 1 Kansas and losing to the new No. 1 team at the buzzer on Saturday.

The Mountaineers moved into the top 10 gaining some respect. They are also ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. WVU takes on No. 10 Texas in Morgantown on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma didn’t just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1.

Coming off a week with two 2-point wins, the Sooners (15-1) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday. It is Oklahoma’s first time at No. 1 since the final two weeks of 1989-90. Kentucky was a unanimous No. 1 for 12 weeks last season.

Oklahoma becomes the fifth school to be No. 1 this season, joining North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas.

North Carolina jumps three spots to No. 2 while Kansas, which lost to West Virginia last week, dropped two places to No. 3.

Villanova is fourth followed by Xavier, West Virginia, Maryland, SMU, Iowa and Texas A&M.

No. 21 Southern California, ranked for the first time since 2008-09, and No. 25 Indiana, which returns after being out the last seven weeks, are this week’s newcomers, replacing Pittsburgh and Gonzaga.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.

1. Oklahoma (65) 15-1 1,625 2

2. North Carolina 16-2 1,515 5

3. Kansas 15-2 1,499 1

4. Villanova 16-2 1,403 6

5. Xavier 16-1 1,321 7

6. West Virginia 15-2 1,278 11

7. Maryland 16-2 1,259 3

8. SMU 17-0 1,179 10

9. Iowa 14-3 1,167 16

10. Texas A&M 15-2 994 15

11. Michigan St. 16-3 950 4

12. Arizona 15-3 801 18

13. Baylor 14-3 649 22

13. Virginia 13-4 649 13

15. Miami 13-3 645 8

16. Providence 15-3 609 12

17. Louisville 14-3 608 21

18. Butler 13-4 439 23

19. Iowa St. 13-4 411 17

20. Duke 14-4 375 9

21. Southern Cal 15-3 338 —

22. Purdue 15-3 322 24

23. Kentucky 13-4 276 14

24. South Carolina 16-1 252 19

25. Indiana 15-3 210 —

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 184, Clemson 53, Wichita St. 38, Valparaiso 30, Notre Dame 14, Dayton 9, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 8, Gonzaga 5, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Monmouth (NJ) 1, Navy 1, Oregon 1, UALR 1.

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WVU moves up to No. 6; UK drops to No. 23
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