Michigan State to No. 1 in AP poll, Aggies drop six spots

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Michigan State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Spartans received 43 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released on Monday to earn the top spot for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Duke received 21 first-place votes while moving up two spots to No. 2 and No. 3 Villanova received the other.

Michigan State (14-1) had been No. 2 for three weeks and slid into the top spot after previous No. 1 Villanova lost to Butler on Saturday. No. 4 Arizona State and No. 16 TCU also lost on Saturday, leaving college basketball with no unbeaten teams headed into the new year.

No. 5 Xavier, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wichita State and Kansas rounded out the top 10. Texas A&M fell six spots to No. 11 after losing to Florida.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Michigan St. (43) 14-1 1600 2
2. Duke (21) 13-1 1556 4
3. Villanova (1) 13-1 1444 1
4. Arizona St 12-1 1336 3
5. Xavier 14-1 1325 6
6. West Virginia 12-1 1304 7
7. Oklahoma 11-1 1160 12
8. Virginia 12-1 1048 9
9. Wichita St. 11-2 1026 8
10. Kansas 11-2 963 11
11. Texas A&M 11-2 894 5
12. North Carolina 12-2 890 13
13. Purdue 13-2 883 14
14. Arizona 11-3 832 17
15. Miami 12-1 782 15
16. TCU 12-1 760 10
17. Kentucky 11-2 742 16
18. Texas Tech 12-1 483 22
19. Gonzaga 12-3 410 20
19. Cincinnati 12-2 410 21
21. Seton Hall 13-2 353 23
22. Arkansas 11-2 254 -
23. Tennessee 9-3 198 19
24. Florida St. 11-2 119 24
25. Clemson 12-1 104 -
Others receiving votes: Baylor 83, Creighton 54, Notre Dame 37, Butler 23, UCLA 14, Texas 10, St. Bonaventure 7, SMU 5, Auburn 4, Syracuse 4, Nevada 2, Rhode Island 2, Alabama 1, New Mexico St. 1, NC State 1, Mississippi St. 1.