Ken­tucky, Vil­lanova re­main 1-2

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jim O’Con­nell

Ken­tucky and Vil­lanova re­main the top two teams in The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege basketball poll while Bay­lor made the week’s big­gest jump, from No. 20 to ninth.

The Ken­tucky Wild­cats (6-0) re­ceived 40 first-place votes Mon­day from the 65-mem­ber na­tional me­dia panel while Vil­lanova, also known as the Wild­cats, was No. 1 on 20 bal­lots.

North Carolina (7-0), which moved up one place to third af­ter win­ning the Maui In­vi­ta­tional, got four No. 1 votes.

Kansas, Duke and Vir­ginia all moved up one place to fourth through sixth. Xavier moved up two places to sev­enth and Gon­zaga went up three spots to eighth.

Bay­lor (6-0), which beat Michi­gan State and Louisville in win­ning the Bat­tle 4 At­lantis, got the other first-place vote and was fol­lowed in the Top 10 by Creighton.

Three teams are mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son in the Top

25: But­ler, South Carolina and Florida.

UCLA was 11th fol­lowed by Saint Mary’s, In­di­ana, which dropped 10 places fol­low­ing its loss to Fort Wayne, Louisville, Pur­due, Ari­zona, Wis­con­sin, But­ler, Iowa State and South Carolina.

The last five teams were Rhode Is­land, Syra­cuse, Ore­gon, Florida and West Vir­ginia.

The four teams that

dropped out were No. 22 Texas, No. 24 Michi­gan State and Michi­gan and Florida State, which were tied for 25th.

The Big East (Vil­lanova, Xavier and Creighton) and At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence (North Carolina, Duke and Vir­ginia) are tied with three teams each in the Top 10. Over­all, the ACC leads with five ranked teams while the Big East and Big 12 have four each.

The Pac-12, Big Ten and South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, which has new­com­ers South Carolina and Florida, have three each.

The ACC/Big Ten Chal­lenge pro­vides four dou­ble-ranked games this week. On Tues­day, Duke plays Michi­gan State and Wis­con­sin meets Syra­cuse. On Wed­nes­day, In­di­ana faces North Carolina and Louisville plays Pur­due.

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