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Kentucky moves up in the AP Top 25

Kentucky's Keion Brooks, Jr. celebrates with Davion Mintz during Kentucky's SEC opener against...
Kentucky's Keion Brooks, Jr. celebrates with Davion Mintz during Kentucky's SEC opener against Missouri on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.(John Lowe)
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 12:38 PM EST
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(AP/WYMT) - Baylor kept its firm hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll with few changes at the top and no new teams entering the latest rankings.

The reigning national champion Bears earned all 61 first-place votes for the third time in four weeks to easily outdistance No. 2 Duke.

No. 9 Auburn climbed into the top 10 for the first time this season. No. 16 Providence rose five spots in the week’s biggest jump. No. 24 Seton Hall had the biggest tumble by falling nine spots.

Kentucky moved up to No. 16, where they are tied with Providence. The Cats’ next opponent, LSU, comes in at No. 21.

RANKTEAM
1Baylor (13-0)
2Duke (11-1)
3Purdue (12-1)
4Gonzaga (11-2)
5UCLA (8-1)
6Kansas (11-1)
7USC (12-0)
8Arizona (11-1)
9Auburn (12-1)
10Michigan State (12-2)
11Iowa State (12-1)
12Houston (12-2)
13Ohio State (9-2)
14Texas (11-2)
15Alabama (10-3)
16 (tied)Providence (13-1)
16 (tied)Kentucky (11-2)
18Tennessee (9-3)
19Villanova (9-4)
20Colorado State (10-0)
21LSU (12-1)
22Xavier (11-2)
23Wisconsin (10-2)
24Seton Hall (9-3)
25Texas Tech (10-2)

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