KU up to No. 4 in latest college basketball poll

KU Jayhawks (KSN Image)
KU Jayhawks (KSN Image)

Kentucky and Villanova remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Baylor made the week’s biggest jump, from No. 20 to ninth.

The Kentucky Wildcats (6-0) received 40 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel while Villanova, also known as the Wildcats, was No. 1 on 20 ballots.

North Carolina (7-0), which moved up one place to third after winning the Maui Invitational, got four No. 1 votes. Kansas, Duke and Virginia all moved up one place to fourth through sixth. Xavier moved up two places to seventh and Gonzaga went up three spots to eighth.

Baylor (6-0), which beat Michigan State and Louisville in winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, got the other first-place vote and was followed in the Top 10 by Creighton.

Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (40) 6-0 1590 1
2. Villanova (20) 6-0 1567 2
3. North Carolina (4) 7-0 1497 4
4. Kansas 5-1 1414 5
5. Duke 6-1 1365 6
6. Virginia 6-0 1286 7
7. Xavier 6-0 1181 9
8. Gonzaga 6-0 1112 11
9. Baylor (1) 6-0 1068 20
10. Creighton 6-0 965 12
11. UCLA 7-0 955 14
12. Saint Mary’s (Cal) 5-0 866 15
13. Indiana 4-1 857 3
14. Louisville 5-1 808 10
15. Purdue 5-1 687 17
16. Arizona 5-1 655 8
17. Wisconsin 5-2 555 16
18. Butler 6-0 506 –
19. Iowa St. 5-1 389 21
20. South Carolina 6-0 379 –
21. Rhode Island 5-1 354 23
22. Syracuse 4-1 229 18
23. Oregon 4-2 189 13
24. Florida 6-1 154 –
25. West Virginia 4-1 132 19
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan St. 28, Ohio St. 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, Southern Cal 7, Houston 6, Florida St. 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee St. 2, Virginia Tech 1, Minnesota 1, Arkansas St. 1, Colorado 1, Rutgers 1, San Diego St. 1.