AP poll: Michigan State still No. 1; Kentucky moves into top 10

Despite Denzel Valentine’s injury and the Spartans’ struggles against Oakland, Michigan State is still a nearly unanimous No. 1 team in the AP college basketball poll.

There was no movement among the first nine in the Top 25, as Kansas, Oklahoma, Maryland and Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona and Butler stayed put.

The first change came at No. 10, where Kentucky was rewarded for its two-point win over Louisville on Saturday. The Wildcats moved up two places, switching places with Providence. For its part in the heated rivalry game this weekend, Louisville only fell two places to No. 18.

George Washington dropped out after a surprising loss to DePaul. The Colonials were replaced by UCLA.

Here is the full poll.

1. Michigan State (64 first-place votes)

2. Kansas (1)

3. Oklahoma

4. Maryland

5. Virginia

6. Xavier

7. North Carolina

8. Arizona

9. Butler

10. Kentucky

11. Iowa State

12. Providence

13. Miami (Fla.)

14. Purdue

15. Duke

16. Villanova

17. SMU

18. Louisville

19. West Virginia

20. Texas A&M

21. Utah

22. Cincinnati

23. Baylor

24. South Carolina

25. UCLA

Dropped out: George Washington

Newly ranked: UCLA

Next five: Connecticut, Oregon, Gonzaga, Pittsburgh, George Washington

Jamal Murray and Kentucky moved into the top 10 in the AP Poll. (USATSI)
Jamal Murray and Kentucky moved into the top 10 in the AP Poll. (USATSI)

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