Polls: MSU holds on to top spot, VCU plummets out of rankings

Michigan State is still the No. 1 team in the country after going 2-0 last week to improve to 6-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

The AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls were released Monday afternoon with no change in the top two. Louisville, however, did stumble, and Oklahoma State moved up a notch.

Strangely enough, MSU has never gone three straight weeks atop the polls, so if Sparty can win against Mount St. Mary's at home on Friday, it will presumably set a new school record.

Iowa is in the AP poll for the first time in seven eight seasons, and UMass appears in the regular season for the first time this century; the last sighting for the Minutemen in the AP Top 25 came during the 1998-99 campaign. UMass and New Mexico essentially swapped, as the Lobos fell out after losing to UMass last week.

Remember, be sure to check our Top 25 (and one) every day this season. Check it now, as we also have MSU No. 1, but there are differences elsewhere.

AP Poll

  1. Michigan State (56)
  2. Kansas (8)
  3. Kentucky
  4. Arizona
  5. Oklahome State (1)
  6. Duke
  7. Ohio State
  8. Syracuse
  9. Louisville
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Gonzaga
  12. Wichita State
  13. Connecticut
  14. Oregon
  15. Florida
  16. North Carolina
  17. Iowa State
  18. Baylor
  19. UCLA
  20. Creighton
  21. Memphis
  22. Michigan
  23. Iowa
  24. UMass
  25. Marquette

Jumped in: Iowa, UMass
Dropped out: VCU (10), New Mexico (19)

Coaches Poll

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

Jumped in: Iowa State
Dropped out: New Mexico (20)

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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