AP: Michigan State No. 1 in college basketball

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, left, shoots against Louisville's Donovan Mitchell during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in East Lansing, Mich.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)– Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the first time since early in the 2013-14 season.

The Spartans (9-0) jumped from third to a runaway first following last week’s losses by then-Nos. 1 and 2 Kentucky and Maryland. Michigan State received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas (6-1), which had one first-place vote, moved from fourth to second, while North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, jumped from ninth to third and received two votes for No. 1.

Iowa State moved up one spot to fourth and was followed by Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova and Virginia.

Butler, at No. 18, and Utah, at No. 25, are the week’s newcomers, both having been ranked earlier this season. They replace Syracuse, which was No. 14, and Texas A&M, which was 18th.

The Top 25
1. Michigan St.
2. Kansas
3. North Carolina
4. Iowa St.
5. Kentucky
6. Maryland
7. Oklahoma
8. Duke
9. Villanova
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Arizona
14. West Virginia
15. Providence
16. Baylor
17. Miami
19. SMU
20. Gonzaga
21. Vanderbilt
22. Louisville
23. Cincinnati
24. Oregon
25. Utah

Others receiving votes: UConn 82, Syracuse 78, Texas A&M 69, George Washington 60, UNLV 40, UCLA 19, South Carolina 15, Dayton 7, UALR 5, Florida 4, Georgetown 4, Iowa 3, Pittsburgh 3, Indiana 2, Northwestern 2, Navy 1, Notre Dame 1.

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Online: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/poll

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