Tennessee strikes to No. 1 in AP High 25, Duke drops to No. 2

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22 Jan 2019, 00:32 IST
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High-ranked Duke went down early within the week. No. 2 Michigan and No. four Virginia, the final of Division I’s unbeaten groups, each fell over the weekend. In all, six top-10 groups misplaced.

Tennessee stored rolling amid chaos throughout the AP High 25.

The Vols are the brand new No. 1 in The Related Press males’s faculty basketball ballot on Monday, climbing three spots to earn their first high rating because the 2007-08 season.

Tennessee acquired 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel within the ballot launched Monday, effectively forward of No. 2 Duke with 11. No. three Virginia acquired three first-place votes and No. 6 Michigan State two. Gonzaga and Michigan rounded out the highest 5.

“The fellows enjoying proper now constructed this factor,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes mentioned.

Expectations adopted the Vols into the 2018-19 season. With its high six scorers again from a group that shared the SEC title, Tennessee had its highest preseason rating at No. 6 and was eyeing a deep NCAA Event run in Barnes’ fourth season.

The Vols have lived as much as the forecast to this point, bouncing again from an time beyond regulation loss to then-No. 2 Kansas to win 12 straight video games. Tennessee knocked Gonzaga from atop the AP High 25 with Barnes’ first win over a No. 1 group in early December and received its two video games final week, rolling over Arkansas and holding off Alabama .

The one different time Tennessee (16-1, 5-0) was No. 1, it misplaced the subsequent night time to Vanderbilt — the Vols’ opponent on Wednesday.

“Tennessee basketball hasn’t been ranked No. 1 in a very long time,” Vols guard Jordan Bone mentioned. “That is an excellent feeling, however we won’t be so locked in on that. We’ve to proceed to remain hungry. We won’t be so centered on that. It is so fleeting. It will possibly change actually fast.”

The adjustments within the AP High 25 got here shortly after a wild week.

Duke began by shedding to Syracuse in time beyond regulation at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils performed with out a sick Cam Reddish and misplaced level guard Tre Jones to a shoulder damage within the first half.

Reddish returned in opposition to Virginia on Saturday and Duke responded with an excellent recreation, knocking Virginia from the unbeaten ranks with a 72-70 victory regardless of enjoying with out Jones.

Michigan misplaced to Wisconsin by 10, additionally on Saturday, leaving the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers because the final Division I group to go undefeated.

No. 7 Kansas, No. eight Texas Tech and No. 9 Virginia Tech additionally misplaced. The Jayhawks fell two spots after shedding to West Virginia. The Pink Raiders dropped six spots to No. 14 after losses to Iowa State and Baylor. The Hokies have been down one to No. 10 following a loss to Virginia.

In all, 13 ranked groups misplaced final week.

KENTUCKY RISING

Kentucky noticed a gradual slide down the AP High 25 after opening the season with a blowout loss to Duke. The preseason No. 2, the Wildcats have been all the way down to No. 19 only a month in the past, however began climbing once more.

Kentucky is as much as No. eight after beating No. 14 Auburn and Georgia this week, with video games in opposition to No. 22 Mississippi State and No. 9 Kansas arising.

RISING AND FALLING

No. 13 Maryland moved up six spots after beating Wisconsin and Ohio State.

Kentucky, No. 17 Houston and No. 18 Villanova every moved up 4 spots.

Florida State after stretching its shedding streak to 3 video games with losses to Pittsburgh and Boston School, falling out of the ballot from No. 11.

MOVING IN

Louisville moved into the AP High 25 for the primary time this season at No. 23 following wins over Boston School and Georgia Tech.

Iowa State’s wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State put the Cyclones again in at No. 24 after they dropped out from No. 20 final week.

LSU beat then-No. 19 Mississippi and South Carolina final week to return to the ballot at No. 25.

MOVING OUT

Oklahoma joined Florida State in dropping out of the ballot following losses to Kansas State and Texas. The Sooners have been No. 20 final week.

Indiana, No. 25 final week, didn’t obtain a single vote after lopsided losses to Nebraska and Purdue.

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This story has been corrected to indicate that Maryland had the largest rise within the ballot, transferring up six spots.

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