Kentucky, Virginia lead AP Poll; Northern Iowa makes top 10
Kentucky (27-0) continued its unbeaten season with big wins over Tennessee and Auburn. On the road against the Volunteers, the Wildcats held only a four-point halftime lead before outscoring Tennessee 31-17 in the second half. Against Auburn, Kentucky had six players score in double-figures and shot 64.7 percent from the field.
Virginia (25-1) picked up a pair of double-digit wins over Pitt and Florida State. The Florida State game proved somewhat costly for the Cavaliers, as sophomore guard London Perrantes suffered a nose injury after colliding with teammate Malcolm Brogdon. Perrantes averages 5.9 points and a team-high 4.4 assists per game. Head coach Tony Bennett said after the game he was unsure whether Perrantes broke his nose.
Gonzaga (28-1) defeated West Coast Conference foes Pacific and Saint Mary's. Duke (24-3) took down North Carolina in overtime on Wednesday, using a late rally in regulation to fend off the Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. On Saturday, the Blue Devils played without leading scorer Jahlil Okafor, who sat out with a sprained left ankle.
Northern Iowa (26-2) moved into the top 10 for the first time in school history following Missouri Valley Conference wins over Loyola Chicago and Bradley, finishing the week behind No. 8 Kansas and No. 9 Notre Dame.
No. 25 Providence (19-8) returned to the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2003-04 season.
The complete top 25 is below:
9. Notre Dame
11. Wichita State
12. Iowa State
15. North Carolina
20. West Virginia
24. San Diego State
- Mike Fiammetta