Duke returns to No. 1 as Tennessee tumbles

Tennessee’s loss to Kentucky sent the top-ranked Volunteers plummeting to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 poll and allowed Duke to return to No. 1.

Duke captured 58 of the 64 first-place votes in balloting unveiled Monday. No. 2 Gonzaga, which moved up one spot, received the other six.

Also moving up one place were No. 3 Virginia and No. 4 Kentucky.

Tennessee had spent four weeks atop the poll.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, Houston and Michigan State. The Spartans moved up one spot to rejoin the group.

Making the biggest jump this week was LSU, which toppled Kentucky and Georgia to climb six spots to No. 13. That put the Tigers one place behind Kansas, which reversed its recent trend of falling each week and instead climbed two slots.

They were sandwiched by No. 11 Marquette, No. 14 Texas Tech and then Purdue.

The week’s biggest drop belonged to Kansas State, which lost to Iowa State and fell five spots to No. 23. With the win, the Cyclones jumped four places to No. 19.

Villanova, after a loss on Sunday to St. John’s, tumbled four places to No. 17.

No new teams moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season.

–Field Level Media