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Kentucky holds on to top spot in AP poll

Kentucky and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 for a fifth straight week, while Kansas moves up to a season-high No. 3.

Kentucky received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday with Syracuse getting the other two.

Kansas, Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina all moved up one place to be third through sixth. Missouri, which lost twice last week, dropped four spots to seventh and was followed by Marquette, Baylor and Ohio State.

Creighton is the week's lone newcomer, returning to the rankings at No. 25 after two weeks out of the poll. The Bluejays, winners of four straight, replace New Mexico, which moved in last week for the first time this season at No. 18, then fell out after losing two games.

Florida State, the third ranked team to lose two games last week, dropped from 15th to 22nd.

1. Kentucky (63) 28-1 1,623 1
2. Syracuse (2) 29-1 1,562 2
3. Kansas 24-5 1,459 4
4. Duke 25-4 1,409 5
5. Michigan St. 24-5 1,372 6
6. North Carolina 25-4 1,314 7
7. Missouri 25-4 1,253 3
8. Marquette 24-5 1,150 10
9. Baylor 24-5 1,055 13
10. Ohio St. 23-6 1,036 8
11. Georgetown 21-6 906 9
12. Murray St. 28-1 885 14
13. Michigan 21-8 766 11
14. Wisconsin 21-8 764 16
15. Wichita St. 26-4 754 19
16. Florida 22-7 638 12
17. UNLV 24-6 531 21
18. Indiana 22-7 444 23
19. Louisville 22-7 426 17
20. Notre Dame 20-9 357 20
21. San Diego St. 22-6 304 24
22. Florida St. 19-9 252 15
23. Temple 22-6 158 22
24. Virginia 21-7 142 25
25. Creighton 25-5 140 -
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 115, Iowa St. 80, Saint Mary's (Cal) 62, New Mexico 60, Drexel 41, Vanderbilt 23, VCU 9, Long Beach St. 8, BYU 6, Harvard 5, Memphis 5, California 3, Purdue 3, Kansas St. 2, Southern Miss. 2, Alabama 1.

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