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Tuesday / August 9.
  • Kentucky Takes Top Spot in AP Top 25; Villanova, Indiana Next; Duke Drops to No. 6

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    As expected, Kentucky elevated to the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 Poll on Monday.

    The Wildcats (4-0) remain unbeaten on the season.

    Defending national champion Villanova (5-0) is No. 2, followed by Indiana (3-0), North Carolina (4-0) and Kansas (2-1).

    Duke, which lost on Tuesday to Kansas in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden but which rebounded over the weekend to beat Penn State and Rhode Island to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, is now No. 6.

    Here’s the full poll:

    1-Kentucky

    2. Villanova

    3. Indiana

    4. North Carolina

    5. Kansas

    6. Duke

    7. Virginia

    8. Arizona

    9. Xavier

    10. Louisville

    11. Gonzaga

    12. Creighton

    13. Oregon

    14. UCLA

    15. Saint Mary’s

    16. Wisconsin

    17. Purdue

    18. Syracuse

    19. West Virignia

    20 Baylor

    21. Iowa State

    22. Texas

    23. Rhode Island

    24. Michigan State

    25(t). Michigan

    25(t). Florida State

     

    Others receiving votes: California 56, Maryland 55, Miami 44, Cincinnati 39, Wichita St. 36, Florida 34, Seton Hall 15, Butler 14, Dayton 14, Virginia Tech 12, Notre Dame 6, Ohio St. 4, Colorado 4, Ohio 1, Tennessee St. 1, Rutgers 1.

     



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.