UNC still strong No. 1; Mississippi State replaces Cincy

North Carolina remained the top-ranked team in men's college basketball, according to the latest Associated Press poll released Monday.

The Tar Heels, coming off Sunday's easy win over Mississippi Valley State, again received 62 first-place votes and garnered a total of 1,621 points from a nationwide media panel.

Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut, Syracuse and Duke held their places from second through sixth. Ohio State again earned one first-place vote, while UConn again picked up two.

Louisville, Memphis, Baylor and Florida round out this week's top 10. Florida dropped three places after a loss at Ohio State last week.

The second 10 consists of Wisconsin, Xavier, Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga and California. Pittsburgh tumbled eight spots from ninth after a stunning home loss to Long Beach State last Wednesday.

Missouri, Florida State, Arizona, Mississippi State and Texas A&M are the last five teams ranked this week. Mississippi State is the lone newcomer after winning the 2K Sports Classic last week at Madison Square Garden with victories over Texas A&M and Arizona.

Cincinnati was 20th, but fell out of the poll after a 56-54 home loss to Presbyterian.

The Thanksgiving week schedule could feature a number of ranked matchups. The Maui Invitational includes Duke, Memphis, Kansas and Michigan, while the final of the CBE Classic in Kansas City could pit California against Missouri. UConn and Florida State are in opposite brackets at the tournament in the Bahamas.