Tennessee remains at No. 1, top 4 unchanged in AP Top 25


Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now.

Coming off decisive wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M, Tennessee remained atop The Associated Press men’s basketball poll for the third consecutive week.

The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday.

No. 2 Duke had 12 first-place votes and No. 3 Virginia four. Gonzaga and Kentucky rounded out the top 5.

“These guys have worked hard,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said after the Texas A&M game. “They’ve really become a team. If you could’ve been in the huddle the last seven minutes, I didn’t have to say a word.“

Tennessee (20-1, 8-0 SEC) struggled against Vanderbilt in its first game at No. 1 and got off to a slow start against West Virginia.

The Vols stomped on the Gamecocks and Aggies by a combined 39 points to break a century-old school record with their 16th consecutive win.

Tennessee plays Missouri and Florida this week.

“We have a long way to go,” junior forward guard Grant Williams said. “We have a long season ahead of us. It’s nice to set that record but we want more. We can’t ever settle because if we settle or we start thinking that’s all we want, we’re going to drop to teams left and right.”

While the top four remained the same, the top 10 became jumbled after Michigan and Michigan State lost.

The Wolverines, still undefeated two weeks ago, dropped two spots to No. 7 after losing to Iowa. The Spartans fell three spots to No. 9 following a loss to Indiana, which had lost its previous seven games. Michigan State learned last week that guard Joshua Langford would not return this season because of a knee injury.

No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Nevada and No. 8 North Carolina all moved up because of the losses.

WOLFPACK BOUNCED

A pair of losses and an epically bad shooting night bounced North Carolina State from No. 23 to out of the poll without receiving a single vote.

The Wolfpack opened the week with an overtime loss to Virginia, then fell flat in a loss to No. 10 Virginia Tech.

One of the ACC’s top offenses, N.C. State was held to 24 total points, the worst output by an ACC team since the shot clock began in the 1985-86 season.

The Wolfpack made nine shots while shooting 16.7 percent, lowest in the history of a league founded in 1953.

Mississippi State was the only other team to drop from the poll, falling out from No. 22 after losing to Alabama.

BEARCATS RISE

Cincinnati has been on a roll lately, stretching its winning streak to seven games with a 73-68 victory over SMU on Saturday.

The Bearcats were rewarded with a spot in Monday’s poll at No. 25. It is Cincinnati’s first ranking since ending the 2017-18 season at No. 6.

Mick Cronin’s crew has road games against Memphis and Houston this week.

Iowa was the only other team to move into the poll, re-entering at No. 20 after its win over Michigan.

RISING/FALLING

Wisconsin had the week’s biggest climb, jumping five spots to No. 19 after beating Maryland and Nebraska. No. 17 Iowa State and No. 22 Florida State each moved up three spots.

The biggest drop outside of N.C. State was Buffalo, which dropped five spots to No. 23 after losing to Bowling Green on Friday.

AP MEN’S BASKETBALL TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Tennessee (48) 20-1 1579 1

2. Duke (12) 19-2 1532 2

3. Virginia (4) 20-1 1478 3

4. Gonzaga 21-2 1423 4

5. Kentucky 18-3 1310 7

6. Nevada 21-1 1228 8

7. Michigan 20-2 1217 5

8. North Carolina 17-4 1167 9

9. Michigan State 18-4 1051 6

10. Marquette 19-3 1029 10

11. Virginia Tech 18-3 948 12

12. Houston 21-1 838 13

13. Kansas 17-5 809 11

14. Villanova 18-4 801 14

15. Purdue 16-6 697 17

16. Louisville 16-6 561 15

17. Iowa State 17-5 545 20

18. Texas Tech 17-5 482 16

19. Wisconsin 16-6 462 24

20. Iowa 17-5 242

21. LSU 17-4 205 19

22. Florida State 16-5 180 25

23. Buffalo 19-3 153 18

24. Maryland 17-6 144 21

25. Cincinnati 19-3 142

Others receiving votes: Washington 135, Mississippi State 133, Auburn 128, Kansas St 114, Baylor 44, Wofford 15, Lipscomb 5, Syracuse 3.

Tuesday’s Games

No. 1 Tennessee vs. Missouri, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Duke vs. Boston College, 6 p.m.

No. 5 Kentucky vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m.

No. 7 Michigan at Rutgers, 7 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. N.C. State, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Michigan State at Illinois, 6 p.m.

No. 10 Marquette vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Kansas at Kansas State, 8 p.m.

No. 22 Florida State at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

Wednesday’s Games

No. 6 Nevada at Colorado State, 9 p.m.

No. 14 Villanova vs. Creighton, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Wisconsin at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

No. 21 LSU at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.

No. 24 Maryland at Nebraska, 6 p.m.

Thursday’s Games

No. 4 Gonzaga vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m.

No. 12 Houston at UCF, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa at Indiana, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Cincinnati at Memphis, 6 p.m.

Friday’s Games

No games scheduled

Saturday’s Games

No. 1 Tennessee vs. Florida, 3 p.m.

No. 2 Duke at No. 3 Virginia, 5 p.m.

No. 4 Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m.

No. 5 Kentucky at Mississippi State, noon

No. 6 Nevada vs. New Mexico, 5 p.m.

No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 19 Wisconsin, 11 a.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. Miami, 11 a.m.

No. 9 Michigan State vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.

No. 10 Marquette vs. No. 14 Villanova, 1:30 p.m.

No. 11 Virginia Tech at Clemson, 11 a.m.

No. 13 Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, 11 a.m.

No. 15 Purdue vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Louisville at No. 22 Florida State, 3 p.m.

No. 17 Iowa State vs. TCU, 1 p.m.

No. 18 Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 3 p.m.

No. 21 LSU vs. Auburn, 1 p.m.

No. 23 Buffalo vs. Central Michigan, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday’s Games

No. 12 Houston vs. No. 25 Cincinnati, 3 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa vs. Northwestern, 5:30 p.m.

SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

Conf. Overall

South Dakota State 9-1 19-6

Omaha 7-2 13-9

Purdue Fort Wayne 7-3 15-10

North Dakota State 5-4 11-12

Oral Roberts 4-6 8-17

South Dakota 3-6 9-13

North Dakota 3-7 9-14

Western Illinois 3-7 8-15

Denver 2-7 7-16

Wednesday’s Games

North Dakota State at North Dakota, 7 p.m.

Thursday’s Games

Western Illinois at Purdue Fort Wayne, 6 p.m.

South Dakota vs. Omaha, Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.

Denver at Oral Roberts, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Denver at North Dakota State 4 p.m.

North Dakota at South Dakota State, 4:15 p.m.

Sunday’s Games

Oral Roberts at South Dakota, 1 p.m.


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