Kentucky starts it second straight week — and fourth this season — as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

The Wildcats were again a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 votes, and Ohio State both moved up one place to second and third. Missouri, which had been No. 2, dropped to fourth after its loss to Oklahoma State.

North Carolina, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and undefeated Murray State round out the top 10. The Racers, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I, cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Kentucky (63) 21-1 1,623 1

2. Syracuse (2) 22-1 1,550 3

3. Ohio St. 19-3 1,498 4

4. Missouri 19-2 1,363 2

5. North Carolina 18-3 1,331 7

6. Baylor 19-2 1,310 6

7. Duke 18-3 1,250 8

8. Kansas 17-4 1,178 5

9. Michigan St. 17-4 1,098 10

10. Murray St. 21-0 979 11

11. UNLV 20-3 936 12

12. Florida 17-4 861 14

13. Creighton 20-2 803 15

14. Georgetown 16-4 762 9

15. Marquette 18-4 682 17

16. Virginia 17-3 578 19

17. San Diego St. 18-3 566 13

18. Saint Mary's (Cal) 21-2 472 21

19. Wisconsin 17-5 415 25

20. Indiana 17-5 395 16

21. Florida St. 14-6 375 23

22. Mississippi St. 17-5 329 18

23. Michigan 16-6 305 20

24. Gonzaga 17-3 141 —

25. Vanderbilt 16-5 102 —

Others receiving votes: Harvard 69, Louisville 65, Kansas St. 40, West Virginia 12, Wichita St. 9, Nevada 6, Notre Dame 6, Southern Miss. 5, Iowa St. 3, Long Beach St. 3, Iona 2, UConn 2, Illinois 1.

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