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LSU guard Skylar Mays (4) hugs LSU guard Tremont Waters (3) after LSU's 83-78 win over Auburn, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU men's basketball team is back where it was two weeks ago in The Associated Press Top 25 poll that was released Monday morning.

Will Wade's Tigers moved up this week from 21st to 19th after beating Mississippi State in overtime on the road last Wednesday and getting past Auburn at home on Saturday.

LSU tallied 437 points to come in behind No. 18 Kansas State, which polled 444 points. The Tigers were just ahead of Wisconsin, which had 403 points.

It's the seventh time this season, counting the preseason poll, that LSU has appeared in the AP rankings.

It's also the third time that the Tigers have landed in the No. 19 spot.

LSU, which improved to 19-4 overall and 9-1 in SEC play with Saturday's win over Auburn, was ranked 19th on Nov. 19 and Jan. 28.

The first time they were ranked there, the Tigers tumbled out of the poll after dropping two of three games in the AdvoCare Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The second time it was 19th, LSU dropped two spots to 21st in last week's poll after going 1-1 with a 90-89 home loss to Arkansas.

The USA Today coaches' poll, which had LSU at No. 22 last week, is scheduled to come out later Monday.

LSU is one of only three SEC schools in the AP rankings. The others are No. 1 Tennessee, which is in the top spot for the fourth week in a row, and Kentucky, which was in fifth for the second consecutive week.

LSU will face Kentucky in Rupp Arena at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a showdown of the teams that are tied for second in the SEC standings. The Tigers and Wildcats are both 9-1 in league play, just one game behind Tennessee.

Tuesday night's game will be televised by ESPN.

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