Michigan State's stay atop the college basketball rankings lasted all of one week into the season. The preseason No. 1 Spartans dropped to No. 3 in the AP Top 25's latest rankings, replaced by Kentucky, which jumped one spot into the No. 1 slot in Monday's updated rankings. The Wildcats edged out Duke for top honors, garnering 64 of a possible 65 first-place votes, with No. 4 Louisville receiving the other.
It marks the seventh season Kentucky, at one point in the season, has been ranked No. 1 in John Calipari's 11-year tenure in Lexington.
Both Kentucky and Duke opened their respective seasons 2-0 this week in equally impressive fashion, Kentucky with wins over Michigan State and Eastern Kentucky, and Duke with wins over Kansas and Colorado State. The sport's new-look top five includes No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Louisville and No. 5 Kansas. North Carolina, Maryland, Gonzaga, Virginia and Villanova round out the top 10.
AP Top 25
Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida St. 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi St. 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego St. 2, Creighton 1, Dayton 1, Northeastern 1, Vermont 1.