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Michigan State Moves To No. 1 In AP Poll

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.

The Spartans moved up one spot after beating top-ranked Kentucky last week. They took the No. 1 spot by a wide margin, receiving 51 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

This is Michigan State's first time leading the rankings since a two-week run in 2000-01 when the Spartans reached the Final Four. Their only other time at No. 1 was a two-week stint in 1978-79 when Magic Johnson carried the Spartans to the national title.

Kansas, which beat Duke in the other game in the big doubleheader last week, moved from fifth to second and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and drew the other seven first-place votes.

Kentucky dropped to fourth and was followed by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Michigan St. (51) 3-0 1,608 2
2. Kansas (7) 2-0 1,523 5
3. Louisville (7) 3-0 1,511 3
4. Kentucky 3-1 1,410 1
5. Arizona 3-0 1,339 6
6. Duke 2-1 1,320 4
7. Oklahoma St. 3-0 1,198 8
8. Ohio St. 3-0 1,172 10
9. Syracuse 3-0 1,135 9
10. VCU 3-0 928 14
11. Memphis 1-0 871 13
12. Wisconsin 3-0 763 20
13. Gonzaga 3-0 710 15
14. Michigan 2-1 705 7
14. Wichita St. 4-0 705 16
16. Florida 2-1 619 11
17. Oregon 2-0 613 18
18. UConn 4-0 600 19
19. New Mexico 2-0 353 22
20. Baylor 3-0 342 23
21. Iowa St. 3-0 296 -
22. UCLA 2-0 291 24
23. Creighton 3-0 246 -
24. North Carolina 2-1 213 12
25. Marquette 2-1 144 17
Others receiving votes: Iowa 122, Indiana 109, Virginia 77, Harvard 72, Boise St. 28, Belmont 18, Arizona St. 13, Villanova 11, Xavier 10, Tennessee 9, Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 6, Missouri 5, Florida St. 4, Minnesota 4, Saint Louis 4, Cincinnati 3, BYU 2, Indiana St. 2, UMass 2, George Washington 1, Notre Dame 1.


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