UNC falls to No. 9 in new AP basketball poll

(Jeff Reeves/WNCN)

Kentucky is back in a very familiar spot – on top of The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Wildcats, who were No. 1 every week last season, moved up one spot Monday following North Carolina’s loss to Northern Iowa. Kentucky (4-0) beat then-No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic last week and the Wildcats received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Maryland (3-0) moved up one spot to second and received the other six first-place votes.

Michigan State, which beat then-No. 4 Kansas in the Champions Classic, jumped from 13th to third. The Spartans were followed in the top 10 by Iowa State, Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, Villanova, North Carolina and Gonzaga.

Miami entered the poll at No. 15 after wins over Utah and Butler in taking the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The other four newcomers are from two cities Xavier and Cincinnati at No. 23 and 24, and Texas A&M and SMU, which tied for 25th.

Utah, Baylor, Butler and Michigan dropped out.

1. Kentucky (59)            4-0        1,619    2
2. Maryland (6)  3-0        1,518    3
3. Michigan St.  3-0        1,448    13
4. Iowa St.        2-0        1,297    7
5. Kansas         1-1        1,243    4
6. Duke 4-1        1,238    5
7. Oklahoma     2-0        1,210    8
8. Villanova       4-0        1,153    11
9. North Carolina           3-1        1,141    1
10. Gonzaga     2-0        1,138    10
11. Arizona        4-0        970       12
12. Virginia        4-1        872       6
13. Indiana        3-0        846       14
14. California     3-0        746       15
15. Miami          5-0        724       –
16. Purdue        5-0        550       21
17. Notre Dame 3-0        480       18
18. UConn         3-0        432       19
19. Vanderbilt    3-0        431       17
20. Wichita St.   2-1        423       9
21. Oregon        4-0        369       25
22. LSU            3-0        285       23
23. Xavier         3-0        143       –
24. Cincinnati    4-0        110       –
25. SMU           3-0        100       –
25. Texas A&M  4-0        100       –
Others receiving votes: Utah 95, George Washington 85, Baylor 81, West Virginia 69, Butler 59, Louisville 40, N. Iowa 23, Iowa 20, Dayton 18, Tulsa 17, Colorado St. 13, Providence 8, Georgetown 4, Michigan 3, Valparaiso 2, Chattanooga 1, Washington 1.

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