New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky solidified its hold of the top spot in the men's college basketball rankings.
The Wildcats, after last week's 72-40 rout of Kansas and two other victories, received 62 first-place votes -- 13 more than last week -- and a total of 1,622 points from a nationwide media panel in the latest Associates Press poll.
Wisconsin picked up the other three top tallies and tied Arizona for the second spot this week. Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State and Gonzaga complete the top 10.
Kansas tumbled six places from fifth to 11th and starts the second 10, which also consists of Villanova, Iowa State, VCU, San Diego State, Ohio State, Miami-Florida, Florida, Michigan and Michigan State. Florida dropped 10 spots from eighth after a loss to Miami-Florida, which is new to the poll this week after winning in Gainesville and also capturing a tournament in Charleston.
The last five teams ranked this week are West Virginia, UCLA, Creighton, Connecticut and Arkansas. Of that group, only Connecticut was ranked last week. The Huskies dipped seven places from 17th after losing to West Virginia in the final of the Puerto Rico Tip-off.
West Virginia, UCLA, Creighton and Arkansas are the other newcomers, along with Miami.
Oklahoma, which lost to Creighton last week, dropped out, as did Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse and Utah. The Mustangs lost twice last week.
Holiday tournaments this week could set up numerous ranked matchups. VCU, Villanova and Michigan are playing at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, while the Maui Invitational features San Diego State and Arizona. North Carolina, UCLA, Wisconsin and Florida are in the Bahamas, while Kansas and Michigan State are playing in Orlando.