AP Top 25: Tennessee takes over top spot

A 12-game winning streak has vaulted Tennessee to the top of the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll for the first time in 11 years.

The Volunteers (16-1), whose only loss came in overtime against then-No. 2 Kansas on Nov. 23, received 48 of the 64 first-place votes in Monday’s poll. They climbed to No. 1 for the first time since February 2008 after wins last week against Arkansas and Alabama.

No. 2 Duke received 11 first-place votes, while No. 3 Virginia had three and No. 6 Michigan State got two. Gonzaga and Michigan rounded out the top five.

Duke lost its No. 1 spot after an up-and-down week, losing to Syracuse but then handing Virginia its first loss of the season. Michigan also lost its first game, leaving no unbeaten teams remaining.

The last time that Tennessee was No. 1, it lost its next game against Vanderbilt — the same team the Vols play on Wednesday night.

A total of 13 ranked teams lost at least one game last week.

Nevada jumped three spots to No. 7, with Kentucky, Kansas and Virginia Tech filling out the top 10.

Texas Tech dropped from No. 8 to No. 14 after losses to Iowa State and Baylor. Florida State fell all the way out of the poll from No. 11 after losing to Pitt and Boston College.

Riding a seven-game winning streak, Maryland climbed six spots, to No. 13, after defeating Big Ten foes Wisconsin and Ohio State. Along with Kentucky, No. 17 Houston, No. 18 Villanova and No. 19 Iowa moved up four notches.

Louisville entered the Top 25 for the first time at No. 23 after victories against Boston College and Georgia Tech.

No. 24 Iowa State and No. 25 LSU returned to the poll after 2-0 weeks. Oklahoma and Indiana fell out of the poll along with Florida State.

–Field Level Media

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