NCAA Basketball Rankings: Kansas, Duke Shoot Up Polls After Big Wins

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 08: Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 85-84 at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kentucky remains the nearly unanimous No. 1 team in both polls.

Kentucky remained atop both men's college basketball polls this week after soundly beating No. 7 Florida at home and taking care of Vanderbilt on the road. The Wildcats garnered 63 of 65 first-place votes in the Associated Press Poll and all 31 of the first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

The big movers over the week were Kansas and Duke. Kansas throttled No. 6 Baylor for the second time three weeks and now sits at No. 5 in the coaches' poll and No. 4 in the AP. A week ago they were ranked 10th and 7th, respectively. Duke's big win of the week was at then No. 5 North Carolina. The Blue Devils are now No. 5 in the AP and No. 4 in the coaches' poll. Gonzaga and Notre Dame both re-entered the Top 25 rankings.

Ohio State fell to No. 6 in both polls after their loss to Michigan State. Murray State was the other big faller, as they went from No. 7 in coaches' poll and No. 9 in the AP to 14th and 16th, respectively, after their loss to Tennessee State.

AP Rankings

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (63) 25-1 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 25-1 1,559
3 Missouri 23-2 1,498
4 Kansas 20-5 1,356
5 Duke 21-4 1,336
6 Ohio State 21-4 1,284
7 Michigan State 20-5 1,283
8 North Carolina 21-4 1,227
9 Baylor 21-4 1,064
10 Georgetown 19-5 983
11 UNLV 22-4 976
12 Marquette 21-5 810
13 San Diego State 20-4 688
14 Florida 19-6 675
15 Wisconsin 19-6 635
16 Murray State 24-1 600
17 Michigan 19-7 562
18 Indiana 19-6 430
19 Louisville 20-5 421
20 Florida State 17-7 406
21 Saint Mary's 23-3 377
22 Virginia 19-5 337
23 Notre Dame 17-8 231
24 Gonzaga 20-4 221
24 Wichita State 22-4 221

Others receiving votes: Temple 122, Mississippi State 108, Creighton 20, Brigham Young 12, New Mexico 12, Long Beach State 12, Iowa State 10, Southern Miss 7, Harvard 6, Saint Louis 5, California 3, Vanderbilt 2, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Memphis 1. Dropped from rankings: Creighton 17, Mississippi State 20, Harvard 25

ESPN/USA Today Rankings

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (31) 25-1 775
2 Syracuse 25-1 744
3 Missouri 23-2 713
4 Duke 21-4 649
5 Kansas 20-5 628
6 Ohio State 21-4 618
7 North Carolina 21-4 592
8 Michigan State 20-5 588
9 Georgetown 19-5 476
10 Baylor 21-4 464
11 UNLV 22-4 455
12 Florida 19-6 388
13 Marquette 21-5 386
14 Murray State 24-1 359
15 San Diego State 20-4 284
16 Saint Mary's 23-3 274
17 Wisconsin 19-6 255
18 Louisville 20-5 236
19 Michigan 19-7 190
20 Indiana 19-6 188
21 Florida State 17-7 145
22 Virginia 19-5 134
23 Mississippi State 19-6 95
24 Gonzaga 20-4 84
25 Notre Dame 17-8 76

Others receiving votes: Wichita State 63, Temple 48, Creighton 30, Harvard 22, Nevada 21, New Mexico 17, Long Beach State 17, California 15, Southern Miss 12, Drexel 11, Middle Tennessee 8, Iowa State 7, Saint Louis 4, Virginia Commonwealth 3, Texas-Arlington 1. Dropped from rankings: Creighton 15, Harvard 21

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