NCAA Basketball Rankings: Kentucky Moves To No. 1 In AP Poll After North Carolina's Loss To UNLV

The UNLV Rebels knocked off the previously No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels over the weekend. The Rebels entered the AP Poll at No. 18 and the Kentucky Wildcats moved to the No. 1 spot. UNC is now No. 5.

The latest AP Top 25 Basketball Poll is out and the Kentucky Wildcats are the new No. 1 team in the country. The North Carolina Tar Heels fell from the top spot after a 90-80 loss to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels on Saturday. Ohio State, Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina finished out the top five this week.

The Memphis Tigers took a big tumble this week, from No. 8 to No. 22. The Tigers needed two overtime periods to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers, 99-97 and then lost to the Georgetown Hoyas, 91-88, in another overtime game. Connecticut remained in the top 10 at No. 9 despite a 68-63 loss to the Central Florida Knights.

UNLV received 23 votes last week and with the victory over the Tar Heels jumped to No. 18 this week. The Rebels are now 7-0 on the season. The St. Louis Billikens entered the poll at No. 23. The team beat Boston College, Villanova and Oklahoma over the last week to improve to 6-0.

The California Golden Bears defeated Georgia, lost to Missouri and won against the Denver Pioneers, but fell to No. 24 in the poll.

Rank Team Prev
1 Kentucky 2
2 Ohio State 3
3 Duke 6
4 Syracuse 5
5 North Carolina 1
6 Louisville 7
7 Baylor 9
8 Connecticut 4
9 Wisconsin 11
10 Florida 10
11 Xavier 12
12 Alabama 13
13 Missouri 21
14 Michigan 15
15 Kansas 14
16 Marquette 16
17 Pitt 17
18 UNLV NR
19 Gonzaga 19
20 Vandy 18
21 Mississippi State 24
22 Memphis 8
23 St. Louis NR
24 Cal 20
25 Texas A&M 25

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