Oklahoma stays No. 1 in AP poll


WVU No. 9, UK No. 20

The Associated Press

Oklahoma, despite losing to Iowa State last week, remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. Unlike last week, when the Sooners were a unanimous No. 1, North Carolina is a close second.

Oklahoma (16-2) received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday, seven more than the Tar Heels (18-2), who remained second.

Iowa jumped from ninth to third, the Hawkeyes’ highest ranking since January 1987. They were followed by Kansas and Texas A&M, which is at its highest ranking ever. Villanova, Xavier, Maryland, West Virginia and Providence round out the Top Ten.

Wichita State, Oregon and Notre Dame — all of whom have been ranked during the season — are the week’s newcomers replacing Butler, Southern California and South Carolina.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 24, 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 (36) 16-2 1,592 1

2. North Carolina (29) 18-2 1,586 2

3. Iowa 16-3 1,473 9

4. Kansas 16-3 1,369 3

5. Texas A&M 17-2 1,332 10

6. Villanova 17-3 1,261 4

7. Xavier 17-2 1,186 5

8. Maryland 17-3 1,111 7

9. West Virginia 16-3 1,105 6

10. Providence 17-3 1,005 16

11. Virginia 15-4 903 13

12. Michigan St. 17-4 869 11

13. SMU 18-1 838 8

14. Iowa St. 15-4 792 19

15. Miami 15-3 753 15

16. Louisville 16-3 719 17

17. Baylor 15-4 594 13

18. Arizona 16-4 502 12

19. Indiana 17-3 466 25

20. Kentucky 15-4 403 23

21. Purdue 17-4 328 22

22. Wichita St. 14-5 151 —

23. Oregon 16-4 149 —

24. Duke 15-5 145 20

25. Notre Dame 14-5 136 —

Others receiving votes: Dayton 77, South Carolina 74, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 42, Pittsburgh 38, Southern Cal 27, Butler 26, Clemson 18, VCU 17, Hawaii 9, Valparaiso 9, UConn 5, Utah 5, UAB 4, Chattanooga 2, Colorado 1, Grand Canyon 1, Michigan 1, Navy 1.

WVU No. 9, UK No. 20
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