Polls: Kentucky still ranked; UNC not in top 10 after latest big win

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

John Calipari's Wildcats took a tumble but remained ranked in both polls this week. (USATSI)
John Calipari's Wildcats took a tumble but remained ranked in both polls this week. (USATSI)

The top eight of this week's Associated Press men's basketball Top 25 Poll remains unchanged from a week ago. That'll happen during a week of finals, when fewer games are played. In fact, no teams left the rankings within this week's top 25 in the AP, a rarity for sure. But that doesn't mean we didn't have some big shifts within the ranks, however.

UNC's jump to No. 14 was the biggest leap this week in the polls (four spots), while Kentucky's fall to No. 19 signified the biggest dip (eight). Meanwhile, Saint Mary's, Tulane and Pittsburgh remain undefeated teams who've yet to crack either poll this season.

In the Coaches Poll, Syracuse and Ohio State swapped positions. And despite beating the top three preseason teams in the AP Poll, North Carolina sits at an average of No. 16 between this weeks' rankings.

AP Poll

  1. Arizona (63)
  2. Syracuse (2)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Michigan State
  6. Louisville
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Duke (tie)
  9. Villanova (tie)
  10. Connecticut
  11. Wichita State
  12. Baylor
  13. Oregon
  14. North Carolina
  15. Memphis
  16. Florida
  17. Iowa State
  18. Kansas
  19. Kentucky
  20. Colorado
  21. Gonzaga
  22. UMass
  23. Missouri
  24. San Diego State
  25. Iowa

Jumped in: None
Dropped out: None

Coaches Poll

  1. Arizona (30)
  2. Syracuse (1)
  3. Ohio State (1)
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan State
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Duke
  9. Wichita State
  10. Connecticut
  11. Oregon
  12. Villanova
  13. Iowa State
  14. Memphis
  15. Baylor
  16. Gonzaga
  17. Florida
  18. North Carolina
  19. Kansas
  20. UMass
  21. Kentucky
  22. UCLA
  23. San Diego State
  24. Colorado
  25. Missouri

Jumped in: Colorado, Missouri
Dropped out: Iowa (22), Indiana (25)

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