Kentucky holds top spot in AP poll; Arizona, Wisconsin tie for second

Monday November 24th, 2014

The Kentucky Wildcats held on to the top spot in the Associated Press' NCAA men's basketball poll released Monday, while Arizona and Wisconsin tied for the No. 2 ranking.

Duke maintained its No. 4 ranking after double-digit wins over Michigan State, Temple and Stanford, while North Carolina moved up one spot to No. 5 in order to round out the top five.

A convincing 32-point win over then-No. 5 Kansas ensured Kentucky all but three of the available first-place votes. The loss sent Kansas tumbling six spots to No. 11.

After strong wins over Iowa and California in last week's 2K Classic, Rick Barnes' Texas Longhorns moved up to seventh. Gonzaga also moved up three spots to No. 10 in this week's poll after a three-win week that included a 16-point win over then-No. 22 Southern Methodist and a 52-point victory over Saint Joseph's.

Ohio State rose from No. 20 to No. 16 after a win over Marquette. Miami made the largest week-over-week gain of any team in this week's poll. The Hurricanes went from unranked to No. 17 following a four-win week that included an upset of Florida. The loss sent Florida tumbling from No. 8 to No. 18.

The Michigan Wolverines moved up from No. 24 to No. 19 by virtue of wins against Bucknell and Detroit, while their in-state rival Michigan State only dropped one spot to No. 20 after its loss Tuesday to Duke.

West Virginia, UCLA, and Creighton each joined the poll for the first time this season, filling out spots 21-23. Arkansas entered the poll at No. 25 after a 30-point win over Wake Forest.

Oklahoma, Nebraska, Southern Methodist, Syracuse and Utah each dropped out of the poll following losses. 

The entire top 25 is below:

1. Kentucky

2 (tie). Arizona

2 (tie). Wisconsin

4. Duke

5. North Carolina

6. Louisville

7. Texas

8. Virginia

9. Wichita State

10. Gonzaga

11. Kansas

12. Villanova

13. Iowa State

14. Virginia Commonwealth

15. San Diego State

16. Ohio State

17. Miami (FL)

18. Florida

19. Michigan

20. Michigan State

21. West Virginia

22. UCLA

23. Creighton

24. Connecticut

25. Arkansas

- Will Green

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