NCAA Basketball Rankings: Kentucky Stays On Top In Both Polls, Harvard Earns First National Ranking

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

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Kentucky (47) 8-0 1606 1
2 Ohio State (18) 8-0 1575 2
3 Syracuse 8-0 1491 4
4 North Carolina 6-2 1328 5
5 Louisville 7-0 1325 6
6 Baylor 7-0 1283 7
7 Duke 7-1 1264 3
8 Xavier 6-0 1133 11
9 Connecticut 7-1 1120 8
10 Missouri 7-0 1109 13
11 Marquette 7-0 982 16
12 Florida 5-2 923 10
13 Kansas 5-2 833 15
14 Wisconsin 6-2 665 9
15 Pittsburgh 7-1 660 17
16 Alabama 7-1 635 12
17 Mississippi State 8-1 493 21
18 Georgetown 7-1 491 30
19 Creighton 7-0 352 26
20 Michigan 6-2 312 14
21 Memphis 4-2 216 22
22 Texas A&M 6-1 199 25
23 Gonzaga 5-1 197 19
24 Illinois 8-0 193 33
25 Harvard 8-0 191 27
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

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Kentucky (19) 8-0 763 1
2 Ohio State (11) 8-0 754 2
3 Syracuse (1) 8-0 713 3
4 Louisville 7-0 654 6
5 Duke 7-1 611 4
6 North Carolina 6-2 594 5
7 Baylor 7-0 582 8
8 Xavier 6-0 538 11
9 Connecticut 7-1 533 10
10 Missouri 7-0 511 13
11 Marquette 7-0 468 16
12 Florida 5-2 419 9
13 Kansas 5-2 385 14
14 Pittsburgh 7-1 359 17
15 Alabama 7-1 326 12
16 Wisconsin 6-2 306 7
17 Creighton 7-0 222 22
18 Mississippi State 8-1 208 24
19 Michigan 6-2 164 15
20 Memphis 4-2 154 21
21 Georgetown 7-1 136 34
22 Illinois 8-0 96 36
22 Gonzaga 5-1 96 18
24 Harvard 8-0 95 27
25 Texas A&M 6-1 79 26
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


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