Wildcats Hold On To Top Spot In AP Poll

Feb 27, 2012

Kentucky and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 for a fifth straight week, while Kansas moves up to a season-high No. 3.

Kentucky received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday with Syracuse getting the other two.

The Wildcats defeated Vanderbilt on Saturday 73 to 64, while the Orange clipped the Connecticut Huskies by a basket in a Big East showdown over the weekend.

Kansas, Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina all moved up one place to be third through sixth. Missouri, which lost twice last week, dropped four spots to seventh and was followed by Marquette, Baylor and Ohio State.

Creighton is the week's lone newcomer, returning to the rankings at No. 25 after two weeks out of the poll. The Bluejays, winners of four straight, replace New Mexico, which moved in last week for the first time this season at No. 18, then fell out after losing two games.

Florida State, the third ranked team to lose two games last week, dropped from 15th to 22nd.

Kentucky hosts Georgia Thursday night in the Senior Night home finale at Rupp Arena, then travels to Gainesville on Sunday to close out the regular season against the Florida Gators.