Thanks in large part to its one-point victory over North Carolina on Saturday, Kentucky held on to the No. 1 spot in both the USA Today/ESPN and Associated Press top 25.
There seem to be few things that Harvard University hasn't accomplished, but before today, having its men's basketball team ranked in either major national poll was one. The 8-0 Crimson had been one of eight Division-I programs in existence since 1948 never to be ranked before appearing in Monday's USA Today/ESPN poll at No. 24 and the Associated Press poll at No. 25.
Kentucky held onto the top spot in both polls for the second straight week. The Wildcats earned 47 of the 65 first-place votes from the AP, and 19 of the 31 first-place votes from the coaches.
Ohio State, which garnered the other 18 first-place votes from the coaches and 11 from the Associated Press, Syracuse, Louisville and Duke rounded out the top five in the USA Today/ESPN poll. The top three were the same on the AP side of things, but North Carolina actually moved up from No. 5 to No. 4 despite losing to Kentucky on Saturday. Louisville jumped one spot to No. 5.
The Associated Press Top 25 Poll
|2||Ohio State (18)||8-0||1575||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: UNLV188, Vanderbilt141, Michigan State135, San Diego State50, Virginia26, Saint Louis25, Stanford23, Purdue12, California11, Cleveland State9, Florida State7, Kansas State6, Arizona5, Indiana4, Oregon State2, Northern Iowa2, Murray State2, UC Santa Barbara1|
Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll
|2||Ohio State (11)||8-0||754||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: UNLV62, Vanderbilt61, California32, San Diego State30, Michigan State29, Indiana23, Saint Louis18, Murray State8, Northwestern8, Stanford7, Kansas State4, Purdue4, Saint Mary's4, Virginia4, Cincinnati3, Cleveland State3, Washington3, Arizona2, Tulane2, George Mason1, Northern Iowa1|