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By The Associated Press

Kentucky, the only team in last week’s top four not to lose over the weekend, is back on top of The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, moved up one place Monday after receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Missouri, which got two No. 1 votes, jumped from fifth to second, while Syracuse, which was in first place for the last six
weeks, dropped to third after losing at Notre Dame, its first loss this season. The Orange were No. 1 on two ballots.

Ohio State and Kansas moved up two places to fourth and fifth and were followed by Baylor, which fell three places after losing two games last week, North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown and Michigan State. Duke dropped four places after losing to Florida State at home.

Murray State, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I, is 11th.

Florida State, which beat North Carolina and Duke in its four-game winning streak, moves back into the poll at No. 23.
Wisconsin, which has won four straight after losing three in a row, is back at No. 25.

Illinois, which lost to Penn State and Wisconsin last week, dropped out from 22nd. Louisville, which reached as high as No. 4 this season but has lost five of eight, fell out from 23rd.

North Carolina is the only other team to be ranked No. 1 this season, holding the spot in the preseason Top 25 and the first poll of the regular season.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
The Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:
Record   Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (61)         19-1  1,620   2
2. Missouri (2)          18-1  1,532   5
3. Syracuse (2)          20-1  1,506   1
4. Ohio St.              17-3  1,411   6
5. Kansas                16-3  1,383   7
6. Baylor                17-2  1,234   3
7. North Carolina        16-3  1,232   8
8. Duke                  16-3  1,176   4
9. Georgetown            16-3  1,045  10
10. Michigan St.          16-4  1,009   9
11. Murray St.            20-0    925  12
12. UNLV                  18-3    886  14
13. San Diego St.         17-2    832  16
14. Florida               15-4    709  17
15. Creighton             18-2    682  19
16. Indiana               16-4    609  11
17. Marquette             16-4    517  21
18. Mississippi St.       16-4    422  18
19. Virginia              15-3    414  15
20. Michigan              15-5    396  20
21. Saint Mary’s (Cal)    19-2    345  24
22. Kansas St.            14-4    252  25
23. Florida St.           13-6    244   _
24. UConn                 14-5    203  13
25. Wisconsin             16-5    182   _
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 96, Gonzaga 82, Vanderbilt 40, Louisville 35, Harvard 32, Wichita St. 28, Cincinnati 20, Illinois 11, Middle Tennessee 9, Dayton 3, Iona 2, Long Beach St. 1.

Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43u6jr6

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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