The Wildcats are the top team in the nation for a seventh straight week and
for the ninth week overall. They previously had a two-week stay at the top
starting in late November.
Kentucky received 63 first-place votes and a total of 1,623 points from a
nationwide media panel for the sixth consecutive week.
Syracuse, which preceded Kentucky at the top with a six-week stay, again held
firm at No. 2 with the other two first-place votes. Kansas, North Carolina and
Missouri round out the top five. North Carolina and Missouri each moved up two
spots after Duke's loss to the Tar Heels on Saturday.
Duke tumbled two spots from fourth and is followed by Ohio State, Michigan
State, Marquette and Michigan. Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan shared
the Big Ten regular-season title after the Buckeyes beat the Spartans on
The second 10 consists of OVC champ Murray State, Baylor, Georgetown,
Wisconsin, Indiana, Wichita State, Florida State, San Diego State, Creighton
and UNLV. Creighton moved up six places from 25th after capturing the Missouri
Valley Tournament title.
Temple, Florida, Notre Dame, Gonzaga and Iowa State are the last five teams
ranked this week. Gonzaga moved back into the poll, while Iowa State joined
the rankings for the first time.
Louisville, which lost twice last week, dropped out from 19th, while Virginia
was 24th and fell out after a loss to Florida State.