NCAA basketball rankings: Kentucky falls from top five

Kevin C. Cox

The Wildcats fall, but Indiana and Louisville stay on top.

Thanks to a 75-68 loss to the Duke Blue Devils on Nov. 13, the Kentucky Wildcats fell from No. 3 to No. 8 in the poll updated Monday. Kentucky, which has a 4-1 record, has won three straight since the early loss.

Indiana (6-0) and Duke (5-1) are the top two teams, respectively. With Kentucky falling down the charts, Michigan jumped to the No. 3 position with a 5-0 record.

Other teams who suffered big hits in the poll were Kansas (No. 7 to No. 10), North Carolina State (No. 6 to No. 18) and Baylor, which fell out of the top 25.

Michigan State (5-1) made a nice jump in the rankings. The Spartans moved from 21st to No. 13 thanks to a five-game winning streak. Michigan State lost its opener at UConn, but haven't lost since.

Previously unranked teams Georgetown (No. 20) and Illinois (No. 23) are now sitting in the top 25.

Here is the complete AP Top 25 poll:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Indiana(47) 6-0 1606 1
2 Duke (18) 6-0 1554 5
3 Michigan 5-0 1421 4
4 Ohio State 4-0 1416 3
5 Louisville 5-1 1347 2
6 Syracuse 4-0 1323 6
7 Florida 5-0 1227 7
8 Kentucky 4-1 1180 8
9 Arizona 3-0 1076 10
10 Kansas 4-1 937 12
11 Creighton 6-0 926 14
12 Gonzaga 6-0 854 17
13 Michigan State 5-1 818 15
14 North Carolina 5-1 718 9
15 Oklahoma State 5-0 668 20
16 Missouri 5-1 665 13
17 Cincinnati 6-0 571 22
18 North Carolina State 4-1 553 16
19 Colorado 5-0 478 23
20 Georgetown 4-1 257
21 Minnesota 6-1 197 26
22 Illinois 7-0 185
23 San Diego State 4-1 182 25
24 UNLV 3-1 175 18
25 New Mexico 6-0 141 40
Others Receiving Votes: Alabama108, Wichita State99, Connecticut93, UCLA85, Pittsburgh55, Oregon44, Notre Dame42, Memphis23, Butler20, Wisconsin16, California12, Florida State10, Saint Joseph's9, Ohio8, Marquette7, Murray State5, Temple5, Baylor4, Tennessee3, Colorado State1, Virginia Commonwealth1
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