Tennessee stays No. 1 for 2nd week in AP Top 25 poll; Duke, 2; UVa, 3; VT 12th

Tennessee stays No. 1 for 2nd week in AP Top 25 poll; Duke, 2; UVa, 3; VT 12th

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee stayed atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for a second straight week.
The Volunteers earned 48 of 64 first-place votes in Monday’s poll to extend the program’s first stint at No. 1 since February 2008. Tennessee (18-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) has won 14 straight games — the program’s longest run since the 1922-23 season and one shy of the school record — since suffering a neutral-court loss to Kansas in November.
The top six teams in the poll remained unchanged, with Duke sitting at No. 2, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans stayed put despite suffering their first Big Ten loss at Purdue in a game that helped lift the Boilermakers back into the poll.
Kentucky moved past Nevada to reach No. 7, while North Carolina and Marquette each rose two spots to round out the top 10.
No. 15 Louisville moved up eight spots for the week’s biggest jump after reaching 6-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while No. 19 LSU rose six spots. No. 13 Houston, No. 14 Villanova and No. 20 Iowa State each jumped four spots.
No. 17 Purdue, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Florida State returned to the poll after being ranked for multiple weeks earlier this season.
Maryland had the week’s biggest slide among ranked teams, falling eight spots to No. 21. Auburn, Iowa and Mississippi fell out of the poll.

AP Top 25

RANK
SCHOOL
RECORD
POINTS
PREVIOUS
1 Tennessee (48) 18-1 1,575 1
2 Duke (12) 17-2 1,527 2
3 Virginia (4) 18-1 1,473 3
4 Gonzaga 19-2 1,382 4
5 Michigan 19-1 1,381 5
6 Michigan State 18-3 1,235 6
7 Kentucky 16-3 1,226 8
8 Nevada 19-1 1,158 7
9 North Carolina 15-4 1,065 11
10 Marquette 18-3 973 12
11 Kansas 16-4 972 9
12 Virginia Tech 16-3 858 10
13 Houston 20-1 795 17
14 Villanova 16-4 734 18
15 Louisville 15-5 658 23
16 Texas Tech 16-4 561 14
17 Purdue 14-6 532 NR
18 Buffalo 18-2 468 14
19 LSU 16-3 435 25
20 Iowa State 15-5 327 24
21 Maryland 16-5 280 13
22 Mississippi State 15-4 236 22
23 North Carolina State 16-4 203 21
24 Wisconsin 14-6 179 NR
25 Florida State 15-5 141 NR