Kentucky goes wire to wire as No. 1 in AP poll

Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to the media on his patio after he and his team watched the NCAA college basketball tournament selection show, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky, the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament, is the first team in 23 years to be No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll from the preseason rankings to the final Top 25.

The Wildcats (34-0) are looking to become the first undefeated men’s national champion since Indiana in 1976. They were a unanimous No. 1 Monday for the seventh straight week and 11th overall this season. Kentucky received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel to match Duke in 1992 as the last team to run the table at the top.

Villanova and Wisconsin, two of the other No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, were second and third in the poll. The Wildcats moved up two places, the Badgers three. Duke, the fourth No. 1 seed, dropped two spots to No. 4. Arizona stayed at No. 5.

Virginia, which dropped from third, was sixth followed in the top 10 by Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Kansas. Michigan State, at No. 23, and VCU, at 25th, moved into the rankings this week, replacing Davidson and Butler.
RecordPtsPrv
1. Kentucky (65) 34-0 1,625 1
2. Villanova 32-2 1,522 4
3. Wisconsin 31-3 1,460 6
4. Duke 29-4 1,406 2
5. Arizona 31-3 1,405 5
6. Virginia 29-3 1,333 3
7. Gonzaga 32-2 1,229 7
8. Notre Dame 29-5 1,178 11
9. Iowa St. 25-8 1,043 13
10. Kansas 26-8 995 9
11. N. Iowa 30-3 979 10
12. Maryland 27-6 935 8
13. Oklahoma 22-10 740 15
14. Wichita St. 28-4 737 12
15. North Carolina 24-11 703 19
16. Baylor 24-9 680 16
17. Louisville 24-8 614 14
18. SMU 27-6 485 20
19. Utah 24-8 455 17
20. West Virginia 23-9 398 18
21. Arkansas 26-8 373 21
22. Georgetown 21-10 177 23
23. Michigan St. 23-11 159 –
24. Butler 22-10 142 22
25. VCU 26-9 109 –
Others receiving votes: Oregon 91, Providence 62, Xavier 18, Davidson 16, Ohio St. 12, Stephen F. Austin 12, Wyoming 6, Boise St. 5, LSU 5, BYU 3, Valparaiso 3, Harvard 2, Murray St. 2, Wofford 2, Colorado St. 1, Dayton 1, Iowa 1, Purdue 1.

Ballots Online: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/poll

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