Michigan State rises to #2 in AP basketball poll

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(AP) Kansas is back on top of the men’s college basketball poll by The Associated Press. Villanova had been No. 1 the past three weeks.

The Jayhawks are 25-4 and were No. 1 for two weeks in January. On Monday, they were a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Michigan State is 24-5 and was No. 1 for a season-best four weeks. The Spartans drew the other two first-place votes.

Villanova lost to Xavier last week and fell two spots to third. The Wildcats were followed in the top 10 by Virginia, Xavier, Oklahoma, Miami, North Carolina, Oregon and West Virginia. This is Oregon’s first appearance in the top 10 this season.

California was ranked in three polls earlier this season and is the week’s only newcomer at No. 25. The Bears replace Notre Dame, which fell out from 23rd.

Record Pts Prv
1. Kansas (63) 25-4 1,623 2
2. Michigan St. (2) 24-5 1,510 6
3. Villanova 25-4 1,479 1
4. Virginia 22-6 1,405 3
5. Xavier 25-4 1,356 5
6. Oklahoma 22-6 1,297 3
7. Miami 23-5 1,211 12
8. North Carolina 23-6 1,205 7
9. Oregon 23-6 1,065 13
10. West Virginia 22-7 1,056 14
11. Louisville 22-7 822 11
12. Indiana 23-6 819 18
13. Utah 23-7 751 22
14. Maryland 23-6 733 10
15. Purdue 22-7 613 20
16. Iowa 20-8 572 8
17. Duke 21-8 495 15
18. Arizona 22-7 450 9
19. Baylor 21-8 447 19
20. Texas A&M 22-7 419 21
21. Iowa St. 20-9 413 17
22. Kentucky 21-8 405 16
23. Texas 19-10 338 25
24. SMU 24-4 196 24
25. California 21-8 178

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 93, Seton Hall 60, Wichita St. 43, Saint Joseph’s 29, Notre Dame 14, Texas Tech 12, Cincinnati 4, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 3, Vanderbilt 3, UALR 2, Valparaiso 2, Dayton 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.

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