AP Top 25: Tennessee holds firm at No. 1

The top six teams in the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll, led by No. 1 Tennessee, were unchanged in the latest poll, revealed Monday.

The Volunteers (18-1) are in the top spot in consecutive weeks for the first time in school history. They also reached No. 1 late in the 2007-08 regular season, only to lose at Vanderbilt a day later and fall to No. 4 in the next poll.

Tennessee, which survived overtime at Vanderbilt last Wednesday and beat West Virginia on Saturday, received 48 of the 64 first-place votes, the same as last week.

No. 2 Duke received 12 first-place votes, while No. 3 Virginia had the other four.

Gonzaga, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Marquette rounded out the top 10. Marquette is making its first appearance in the top 10 since the 2011-12 season.

Kansas dropped two spots to No. 11 after losing at Kentucky.

No. 13 Houston and No. 14 Villanova each improved four notches. This is Villanova’s highest ranking since the defending national champs were No. 8 in the second week of the season before dropping all the way out of the poll after losses to Michigan and Furman.

Louisville made the biggest jump within the rankings. The Cardinals (15-5) entered the poll last week for the first time this season and then jumped from No. 23 to No. 15 with home victories over North Carolina State and Pittsburgh.

Purdue, riding a five-game winning streak that includes Saturday’s 73-63 win over Michigan State, entered the rankings at No. 17.

No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Florida State also are new to this week’s Top 25. The Seminoles, with wins over Clemson and at Miami last week, are back after a one-week hiatus.

Auburn, Iowa and Ole Miss fell out of the poll, with the Tigers first among others receiving votes.

For the fifth consecutive week, the Pac-12 did not place a team in the Top 25, although Washington is getting closer. The Huskies (16-4) are third among others receiving votes and are on a nine-game winning streak that includes a 7-0 conference mark.

–Field Level Media