Duke stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; UVa 4th, VT 9th

NEW YORK (AP) — Duke remained at No. 1 for a fourth straight week while the top 10 remained unchanged in the latest AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.
The Blue Devils received 36 of 64 first-place votes for their sixth week at No. 1 this season after wins at Wake Forest and Florida State, the latter coming on a last-second 3-pointer by freshman Cam Reddish. Second-ranked and unbeaten Michigan earned nine first-place votes, third-ranked Tennessee had 13 and fourth-ranked Virginia — the only other unbeaten team — had the remaining six.
Gonzaga, Michigan State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Nevada rounded out the rest of the top 10 for a second straight week. The changes started from there after a week that saw 12 of the 15 teams outside the top 10 lose at least once, with five of those losing twice.
FSU climbed two spots to No. 11 despite the Duke loss, followed by No. 12 Kentucky — which joined No. 15 Marquette as the week’s biggest climber by rising six spots. No. 16 Buffalo and No. 20 Oklahoma rose three spots.
No. 24 Mississippi State fell 10 spots for the biggest slide among ranked teams, while No. 21 Houston fell four spots.
There were four new teams in the poll, led by No. 18 Mississippi — which is ranked for the first time since January 2013. No. 19 Maryland, No. 22 Villanova and No. 23 Iowa returned after appearances earlier this season.
Ohio State, Iowa State, St. John’s and TCU all fell out of the poll after two-loss weeks.

AP Top 25

1 Duke (36) 14-1 1,558 1
2 Michigan (9) 17-0 1,497 2
3 Tennessee (13) 14-1 1,482 3
4 Virginia (6) 15-0 1,473 4
5 Gonzaga 16-2 1,315 5
6 Michigan State 15-2 1,292 6
7 Kansas 14-2 1,188 7
8 Texas Tech 15-1 1,157 8
9 Virginia Tech 14-1 1,091 9
10 Nevada 16-1 1,015 10
11 Florida State 13-3 918 13
12 Kentucky 12-3 790 18
13 North Carolina 12-4 678 12
14 Auburn 12-3 669 11
15 Marquette 14-3 668 21
16 Buffalo 15-1 625 19
17 North Carolina State 14-2 586 15
18 Ole Miss 13-2 501 NR
19 Maryland 14-3 412 NR
20 Oklahoma 13-3 394 23
21 Houston 16-1 387 17
22 Villanova 13-4 300 NR
23 Iowa 14-3 172 NR
24 Mississippi State 12-3 154 14
25 Indiana 12-4 116 22
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