Kentucky remains at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 with two ranked opponents coming to Rupp

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NEW YORK (AP/WYMT) - After extending their winning streak to 10 games, Kentucky holds steady at the No. 5 spot in the AP Top 25. The Wildcats handled South Carolina at home, 76-48 before holding on for a road win over Mississippi State, 71-67.

Kentucky hosts two ranked opponents this week, looking to move up in the poll. On Tuesday, February 11, No. 19 LSU comes to town. The Tigers are also 9-1 in the SEC. If the Wildcats win, that sets up a showdown on Saturday, February 16 when No. 1 Tennessee comes to town.

Tennessee remains No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll despite Duke earning the top overall seed in the NCAA's initial rankings for March Madness.

The Blue Devils received the top seed in the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, but the Vols received 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Monday.

No. 2 Duke had the remaining 24 first-place votes.

No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 4 Virginia were the other top seeds in the selection committee's rankings released on Saturday, with Kentucky rounding out the fifth spot in the AP poll.

Tennessee was selected No. 1 in the South Region by the selection committee in rankings that will change before Selection Sunday on March 17. The Vols beat Missouri and Florida last week.

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