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’Cats are new No.1

Kentucky takes over top spot in AP rankings.

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Kentucky is back in a familiar position under John Calipari: No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.

The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky. They earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday’s poll to finish ahead of No. 2 Duke.

“I think we’ll have a good mindset,” sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley said. “Coach does a good job of keeping us humble. We know we’re No. 1, but we’re not where we need to be yet. By the end of the year we want to be that No. 1 team, and we know what we’re looking for from each other.”

It marks the first time the Wildcats (2-0) have reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 since spending two weeks there early in the 2016-17 season.

Yet it’s the seventh of Calipari’s 11 seasons that the Wildcats have spent at least one week atop the AP Top 25. That includes 10 weeks during the 2011-12 season on the way to the national championsh­ip and a start-to-finish stay in 2014-15 as the Wildcats carried an unbeaten record to the Final Four, where they lost to Wisconsin.

The same five teams were at the top of the poll, just in reshuffled order.

Women

At New York, Oregon remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.

The Ducks received 28 of 30 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday while Baylor claimed the other two. Oregon had a stunning exhibition win over the U.S. women’s national team Saturday, handing the Americans only their second loss to a college program.

Stanford, Connecticu­t and Texas A&M followed second-ranked Baylor in the women’s AP Top 25. It’s the first time the Aggies are ranked in the top five since they were fifth Dec. 29, 2014.

South Carolina moved up to sixth after a road victory over then-no. 4 Maryland on Sunday.

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