The first nine teams in this week’s latest Associated Presses’ top-25 remain the same as they did last week, with Michigan State once again leading the way at No.1 (even though they had a heck of time with Oakland last week). The Spartans, who have been at the top spot for the last four weeks, received 64 of 65 first-place votes.
POLL ALERT: Michigan St, Kansas, Oklahoma 1-2-3 in AP men's basketball poll. Kentucky back in top 10 https://t.co/PlVKyW91sN (will update)
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 28, 2015
With a light fare in the past week, Kansas, Oklahoma, Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona and Butler hold steady from 2-9.
However, with it’s win over Louisville, Kentucky is now back in the top-10, as the Wildcats bump Providence from the 10-spot. Providence, now drops to No. 12 in the newest poll. Iowa State, who had a huge win at Cincinnati last Tuesday, also leapfrogged Providence and jumped to No.11. Miami, Purdue and Duke round out the top-15.
Louisville, who was ranked No. 16 in last week’s poll, dropped two spots to No. 18 after losing at Kentucky. Villanova comes in at No. 16 now and is followed by the undefeated SMU Mustangs at 17.West Virginia and Texas A&M fill out the rest of the top-20.
Utah has moved up to No. 21, while Cincinnati, Baylor and South Carolina come in at No. 22, 23, and 24, respectively.
UCLA is the lone newcomer to the poll at 25. Predictably, George Washington dropped out of the rankings after they were upset by DePaul last Tuesday.