College basketball rankings: Kentucky rises, four new schools join AP Top 25

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A full look at the newest AP Top 25, where the top 10 schools are the same as last week but there are plenty of changes after that:RANK
SCHOOL
RECORD
POINTS
PREVIOUS
1
Duke (36)
14-1
1,558
1
2
Michigan (9)
17-0
1,497
2
3
Tennessee (13)
14-1
1,482
3
4
Virginia (6)
15-0
1,473
4
5
Gonzaga
16-2
1,315
5
6
Michigan State
15-2
1,292
6
7
Kansas
14-2
1,188
7
8
Texas Tech
15-1
1,157
8
9
Virginia Tech
14-1
1,091
9
10
Nevada
16-1
1,015
10
11
Florida State
13-3
918
13
12
Kentucky
12-3
790
18
13
North Carolina
12-4
678
12
14
Auburn
12-3
669
11
15
Marquette
14-3
668
21
16
Buffalo
15-1
625
19
17
North Carolina State
14-2
586
15
18
Ole Miss
13-2
501
NR
19
Maryland
14-3
412
NR
20
Oklahoma
13-3
394
23
21
Houston
16-1
387
17
22
Villanova
13-4
300
NR
23
Iowa
14-3
172
NR
24
Mississippi State
12-3
154
14
25
Indiana
12-4
116
22
We’ll start with Kentucky, which is looking more and more like the championship contender we expected it to be coming into the season. The Wildcats are up to No. 12 after beating Texas A&M and Vanderbilt handily. One reason why Kentucky jumped six spots is because plenty of schools ranked in the teens last week struggled. But UK has been good lately, save for a tight road loss at Alabama.

The defense has improved drastically. Kentucky was ranked in the 50s in defensive efficiency at KenPom after a loss to Seton Hall in December, but it’s vaulted all the way up to No. 22 in less than a month. Quade Green is a nice player, but his decision to transfer has helped the Wildcats’ role allocation. Ashton Hagans has developed into a sturdy two-way player after a rocky start to the season. Keldon Johnson continues to shine. P.J. Washington and Reid Travis looked like a clunky fit at the start of the year, but they’re figuring each other out.

Tennessee is still the team to beat in the SEC. But Kentucky will give the Volunteers a run. That Feb. 16. matchup can’t come soon enough.

The Big Ten went a little nuts this week, which is part of the reason why the bottom half of the poll …

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