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)
7. North Carolina
11. Iowa State
13. Miami (Fla.)
19. West Virginia
20. Texas A&M
24. South Carolina
Dropped out: George Washington
Newly ranked: UCLA
Next five: Connecticut, Oregon, Gonzaga, Pittsburgh, George Washington