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Thursday / December 12.
  • Kentucky takes No. 1 ranking in new AP Top 25, Duke No. 2

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    By JAMES SZUBA

    The Kentucky Wildcats are the new No. 1 team in college basketball. After handling Michigan State on opening night, Kentucky moved up one spot today in the new AP Top 25.

    Duke moved up to the No. 2 spot after beating Kansas on opening night, while Michigan State fell to No. 3. Louisville came in at No. 4 while Kansas fell two spots to round out the top 5.

    Kentucky is No. 1 for the seventh season in the 11-year John Calipari era. The Wildcats are atop the AP Top 25 for the first time since December 2016.

    No. 3 Michigan State will head to Newark to take on No. 12 Seton Hall Thursday night. All-American guard Myles Powell (ankle) is not expected to play.

    Here’s the full top 25:

    1. Kentucky
    2. Duke
    3. Michigan State
    4. Louisville
    5. Kansas
    6. North Carolina
    7. Maryland
    8. Gonzaga
    9. Virginia
    10. Villanova
    11. Texas Tech
    12. Seton Hall
    13. Memphis
    14. Oregon
    15. Florida
    16. Ohio State
    17. Utah State
    18. St. Mary’s
    19. Arizona
    20. Washington
    21. Xavier
    22. Auburn
    23. LSU
    24. Baylor
    25. Colorado
    Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida State 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi State 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego State 2, Creighton 1, Vermont 1, Dayton 1

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