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Kentucky back at No. 1 in AP poll

Kentucky, the only team in last week's top four not to lose over the weekend, is back on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, moved up one place Monday after receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Missouri, which got two No. 1 votes, jumped from fifth to second, while Syracuse, which was in first place for the last six weeks, dropped to third after losing at Notre Dame, its first loss this season. The Orange were No. 1 on two ballots.

Ohio State and Kansas moved up two places to fourth and fifth and were followed by Baylor, which fell three places after losing two games last week, North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown and Michigan State. Duke dropped four places after losing to Florida State at home.

Here's the entire poll:

1. Kentucky (61) 19-1 1,620 2
2. Missouri (2) 18-1 1,532 5
3. Syracuse (2) 20-1 1,506 1
4. Ohio St. 17-3 1,411 6
5. Kansas 16-3 1,383 7
6. Baylor 17-2 1,234 3
7. North Carolina 16-3 1,232 8
8. Duke 16-3 1,176 4
9. Georgetown 16-3 1,045 10
10. Michigan St. 16-4 1,009 9
11. Murray St. 20-0 925 12
12. UNLV 18-3 886 14
13. San Diego St. 17-2 832 16
14. Florida 15-4 709 17
15. Creighton 18-2 682 19
16. Indiana 16-4 609 11
17. Marquette 16-4 517 21
18. Mississippi St. 16-4 422 18
19. Virginia 15-3 414 15
20. Michigan 15-5 396 20
21. Saint Mary's (Cal) 19-2 345 24
22. Kansas St. 14-4 252 25
23. Florida St. 13-6 244 -
24. UConn 14-5 203 13
25. Wisconsin 16-5 182 -
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 96, Gonzaga 82, Vanderbilt 40, Louisville 35, Harvard 32, Wichita St. 28, Cincinnati 20, Illinois 11, Middle Tennessee 9, Dayton 3, Iona 2, Long Beach St. 1.

And on the women's side UK is sixth. Here's a re-cap of the women's poll:

Baylor remains the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll. BYU, though, joins the Top 25 for the first time in five seasons.

The Lady Bears received all the first-place votes Monday for the eighth straight week after beating Texas Tech and Kansas State. Baylor visits Oklahoma before hosting Kansas.

Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford and Duke followed the Lady Bears. The Irish host No. 7 Tennessee on Monday night. Kentucky was sixth. Maryland, Ohio State and Miami round out the first 10.

BYU entered the poll tied at No. 23. The Lady Cougars, who were last ranked on Nov. 27, 2006, visit Seattle and Santa Clara this week. Gonzaga returned at 22, giving the West Coast Conference two teams in the Top 25 for the first time ever.

Kansas State and Vanderbilt dropped out of the poll.

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