AP Top 25: Kentucky is new No. 1, North Carolina falls to No. 9

Kentucky has moved into the top spot of the AP Top 25 after North Carolina’s first loss of the season, at Northern Iowa on Saturday.

The Tar Heels remained in the top ten, falling only to No. 9 in the loss that soured a Homecoming appearance for Iowa native Marcus Paige.

Kentucky and Maryland each moved up one spot after UNC’s fall, with Michigan State jumping ten spots to No. 3 following a big week that included Denzel Valentine’s triple-double against Kansas, earning him CBS Sports Player of the Week honors.

Virginia fell out of the top ten to No. 12 after losing to George Washington and Wichita State is down eleven spots to No. 20 after losing at Tulsa.

The full poll:

1. Kentucky

2. Maryland

3. Michigan State

4. Iowa State

5. Kansas

6. Duke

7. Oklahoma

8. Villanova

9. North Carolina

10. Gonzaga

11. Arizona

12. Virginia

13. Indiana

14. California

15. Miami

16. Purdue

17. Notre Dame

18. Connecticut

19. Vanderbilt

20. Wichita State

21. Oregon

22. LSU

23. Xavier

24. Cincinnati

25. Texas A&M

Kentucky (USATSI)
Kentucky is the new No. 1 team in the AP poll. (USATSI)

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