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Wildcats reach Number 1 in poll

Kentucky is a unanimous No. 1

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Kentucky, the lone remaining undefeated team in major men's college basketball, has ascended to the top of the rankings and is an undisputed choice according to the latest Associated Press poll.

The Wildcats (19-0) received all 65 first-place votes and a total of 1,625 points from a nationwide media panel to move up one place and take the top spot for the first time since the final poll of the 2002-03 season.

Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse and Michigan State all moved up one spot to round out the top five after Texas lost twice last week. The Longhorns had been the top-ranked team for two weeks, but dropped five places to sixth after losing at Kansas State and Connecticut for their first two setbacks of the season.

Georgetown, Duke, West Virginia and Purdue comprise the remainder of this week's top 10. The Hoyas vaulted five places to seventh after ending Pittsburgh's 31-game home winning streak last Wednesday and also demolishing Rutgers on Saturday. They have a tough week ahead with a game Monday at Syracuse and a home tilt with Duke on Saturday.

The second 10 consists of Kansas State, BYU, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Temple, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Connecticut and Ohio State.

Kansas State could not successfully follow up last Monday's victory over Texas, falling at home to Oklahoma State on Saturday, but dropped just one spot. Tennessee fell six places from eighth after a loss to Georgia, while Pittsburgh tumbled eight places from ninth after losses to Georgetown and Seton Hall.

Connecticut returned to the poll after a one-week absence thanks to wins over St. John's and Texas. The Huskies, playing without head coach Jim Calhoun as he takes a leave of absence, had lost three in a row before last week's wins.

The last five teams ranked this week are Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, New Mexico, Baylor and UAB.

Vanderbilt, New Mexico and UAB are new to this week's poll, although all three were ranked earlier this season. Dropping out were Clemson, Northern Iowa, Mississippi State and North Carolina.

The Tar Heels have lost three in a row and did not receive a single vote this week. They are unranked for the first time since January 2006.

This week's schedule is full of top-25 matchups.

On Tuesday, Kansas State visits Baylor, while Wednesday's slate features Vanderbilt at Tennessee and BYU at New Mexico. A Big Ten battle Thursday pits Wisconsin at Purdue. Kentucky hosts Vandy on Saturday, while Texas welcomes Baylor the same day and Kansas heads to Manhattan for a rivalry contest with K-State.

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