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Michigan State moves to No. 1 in AP poll

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.

The Spartans moved up one spot after beating top-ranked Kentucky last week. They took the No. 1 spot by a wide margin, receiving 51 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

This is Michigan State's first time leading the rankings since a two-week run in 2000-01 when the Spartans reached the Final Four. Their only other time at No. 1 was a two-week stint in 1978-79 when Magic Johnson carried the Spartans to the national title.

Kansas, which beat Duke in the other game in the big doubleheader last week, moved from fifth to second and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and drew the other seven first-place votes.

Kentucky dropped to fourth and was followed by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State (51) 3-0 1,608
2 Kansas (7) 2-0 1,523
3 Louisville (7) 3-0 1,511
4 Kentucky 3-1 1,410
5 Arizona 3-0 1,339
6 Duke 2-1 1,320
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1,198
8 Ohio State 3-0 1,172
9 Syracuse 3-0 1,135
10 Virginia Commonwealth 3-0 928
11 Memphis 1-0 871
12 Wisconsin 3-0 763
13 Gonzaga 3-0 710
14 Wichita State 4-0 705
14 Michigan 2-1 705
16 Florida 2-1 619
17 Oregon 2-0 613
18 Connecticut 4-0 600
19 New Mexico 2-0 353
20 Baylor 3-0 342
21 Iowa State 3-0 296
22 UCLA 2-0 291
23 Creighton 3-0 246
24 North Carolina 2-1 213
25 Marquette 2-1 144

Others receiving votes: Iowa 122, Indiana 109, Virginia 77, Harvard 72, Boise State 28, Belmont 18, Arizona State 13, Villanova 11, Xavier 10, Tennessee 9, Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 6, Missouri 5, Minnesota 4, Saint Louis 4, Florida State 4, Cincinnati 3, Massachusetts 2, Brigham Young 2, Indiana State 2, Notre Dame 1, George Washington 1

Dropped from rankings: Notre Dame 21, Virginia 25


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