Kentucky jumps six spots to No. 12 in latest AP Poll; Kansas, Duke, Tennessee remain 1-2-3

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NEW YORK (AP/WYMT) - After two SEC victories at home, Kentucky men's basketball jumped six spots in the latest AP Poll to No. 12. The Wildcats defeated Texas A&M on January 8th and Vanderbilt, 56-47.

Kansas, Duke and Tennessee are atop the latest AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll for the second straight week.

The Jayhawks earned 56 of 65 first-place votes to stay at No. 1, a perch they held in the preseason before being overtaken by Duke and later Gonzaga. Kansas returned to the top last week then beat reigning national champion Villanova.

Michigan and Virginia each climbed a spot into the top five. Gonzaga slid four spots to eighth after losing at North Carolina, which jumped three spots to ninth.

No. 25 Nebraska was the only addition to this week's poll, though the Cornhuskers were ranked earlier this month. Villanova fell out for the second time this season after losing at Kansas and to Penn.

1. Kansas (56)
2. Duke (5)
3. Tennessee (2)
4. Michigan (1)
5. Virginia (1)
6. Nevada
7. Auburn
8. Gonzaga
9. North Carolina
10. Michigan State
11. Florida State
12. Texas Tech
13. Virginia Tech
14. Buffalo
15. Ohio State
16. Wisconsin
17. Mississippi State
18. Arizona State
19. Kentucky
20. Marquette
21. Houston
22. Indiana
23. Iowa
24. Furman
25. Nebraska

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma 115, Maryland 103, Kansas State 90, St. John's 59, Villanova 52, NC State 38, Purdue 20, TCU 17, Iowa State 9, Cincinnati 7, Louisville 6, Minnesota 3, Florida 3, Belmont 2, San Francisco 2, NJIT 1

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