Kentucky, Michigan State stay 1-2 in AP poll

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Kentucky and Michigan State held the top sports in The Associated Press' first regular-season college basketball poll, setting up the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in five years.

The Wildcats held the same three-point advantage over the Spartans from the preseason Top 25 on Monday, and they will meet Tuesday night in Chicago. The last 1-2 matchup was No. 2 Tennessee's 66-62 victory over Memphis on Feb. 24, 2008.

Kentucky received 28 first-place votes and 1,552 points from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan State had 22 No. 1 votes. Defending champion Louisville remained third and was No. 1 on 12 ballots.

Duke, which got the other three first-place votes, and Kansas stayed fourth and fifth. They will meet in the other game of in the Chicago doubleheader.

Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Ohio State rounded out the top 10. There were no changes in the 25 teams from the preseason poll.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (28) 2-0 1,552
2 Michigan State (22) 1-0 1,549
3 Louisville (12) 1-0 1,494
4 Duke (3) 1-0 1,454
5 Kansas 1-0 1,358
6 Arizona 1-0 1,291
7 Michigan 1-0 1,154
8 Oklahoma State 1-0 1,124
9 Syracuse 1-0 1,087
10 Ohio State 1-0 1,033
11 Florida 1-0 995
12 North Carolina 1-0 950
13 Memphis 0-0 743
14 Virginia Commonwealth 1-0 708
15 Gonzaga 1-0 561
16 Wichita State 1-0 555
17 Marquette 1-0 491
18 Oregon 1-0 484
19 Connecticut 1-0 441
20 Wisconsin 1-0 357
21 Notre Dame 2-0 328
22 New Mexico 1-0 240
23 Baylor 1-0 235
24 UCLA 1-0 196
25 Virginia 1-0 170

Others receiving votes: Creighton 148, Tennessee 138, Indiana 78, Iowa 54, Harvard 46, Boise State 24, Colorado 18, Villanova 14, Arizona State 11, LSU 8, Washington 8, UNLV 6, Pittsburgh 6, Georgetown 4, Stanford 3, Saint Louis 3, Missouri 3, Cincinnati 2, Towson 1

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (19) 2-0 776
2 Michigan State (2) 1-0 752
3 Louisville (9) 1-0 745
4 Duke (2) 1-0 716
5 Arizona 1-0 643
6 Kansas 1-0 639
7 Syracuse 1-0 565
8 Michigan 1-0 544
9 Ohio State 1-0 542
10 Florida 1-0 535
11 North Carolina 1-0 493
12 Oklahoma State 1-0 472
13 Memphis 0-0 336
14 Virginia Commonwealth 1-0 329
15 Gonzaga 1-0 291
16 Wichita State 1-0 277
17 Marquette 1-0 238
18 Oregon 1-0 233
19 Wisconsin 1-0 177
20 Connecticut 1-0 175
21 New Mexico 1-0 166
22 Notre Dame 2-0 127
23 Indiana 1-0 96
24 UCLA 1-0 89
25 Baylor 1-0 82
25 Virginia 1-0 82

Others receiving votes: Creighton 63, Tennessee 63, Iowa 48, Georgetown 18, California 14, Boise State 14, Pittsburgh 13, Colorado 12, Harvard 10, Missouri 5, Illinois 4, Villanova 3, LSU 3, Iowa State 3, Arizona State 2, Saint Louis 2, Massachusetts 1, Saint Mary's 1, Georgia 1


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