Kentucky, Michigan State remain atop AP, Coaches polls

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Little change to note between the preseason polls and the second version of college basketball's rankings system. The new lists for the Associated Press and Coaches polls were unveiled Monday afternoon. Atop the rankings, it remains the same first four: Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, Duke.

And when Kentucky and Michigan State play each other Tuesday night at the Champions Classic in Chicago, it will mark the earliest meeting between top-ranked teams in college basketball history -- and the 39th time 1 has played 2 in the AP poll. It's the first such tilt since Feb. 24, 2008, when Tennessee toppled Memphis 66-62. The all-time record in these games is 21-17 in favor of the No. 1-ranked program.

Kentucky is 5-2 all-time as a No. 1 team going against a No. 2. MSU has never been part of a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the regular season.

As for the AP poll, there were no newcomers to the rankings. Ranked teams opened the season 26-0, according to the AP. By the way, we're updating our Top 25 (and one) every day this season. Check it now.

AP Poll

  1. Kentucky
  2. Michigan State
  3. Louisville
  4. Duke
  5. Kansas
  6. Arizona
  7. Michigan
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Syracuse
  10. Ohio State
  11. Florida
  12. North Carolina
  13. Memphis
  14. VCU
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Wichita State
  17. Marquette
  18. Oregon
  19. Connecticut
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Notre Dame
  22. New Mexico
  23. Baylor
  24. UCLA
  25. Virginia

Coaches Poll

  1. Kentucky
  2. Michigan State
  3. Louisville
  4. Duke
  5. Arizona
  6. Kansas
  7. Syracuse
  8. Michigan
  9. Ohio State
  10. Florida
  11. North Carolina
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Memphis
  14. VCU
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Wichita State
  17. Marquette
  18. Oregon
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Connecticut
  21. New Mexico
  22. Notre Dame
  23. Indiana
  24. UCLA
  25. Virginia (tie)
    Baylor (tie)
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