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Kentucky still tops men's hoops poll

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Updated: 11/11/2013 12:12 pm

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky easily held on to the top spot in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll, as the same 25 teams remain ranked after an upset-free opening weekend.

Kentucky, which opened with easy victories over UNC-Asheville and Northern Kentucky, received 28 first-place votes -- one more than the preseason poll -- and a total of 1,552 points from a nationwide media panel.

Michigan State kept its 22 No. 1 votes and remained second, while Louisville, Duke and Kansas again rounded out the top five. Louisville lost two of its original 14 first-place votes and Duke picked up an addition top tally for a total of three.

Four of the top five teams will be in action on Tuesday in Chicago for a Final Four-type atmosphere, as Kentucky meets Michigan State and Duke squares off against Kansas.

The remainder of the top 10 consists of Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Ohio State. Oklahoma State is now solo eighth after sharing that position in the preseason poll with Syracuse, while Ohio State moved up one spot into the top 10.

Florida, after a narrow victory over North Florida on Friday, dropped one spot to 11th and is followed in the second 10 by North Carolina, Memphis, VCU, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Marquette, Oregon, Connecticut and Wisconsin.

The last five teams ranked are Notre Dame, New Mexico, Baylor, UCLA and Virginia.

In addition to the marquee matchups in Chicago, Tuesday's slate also features two other top-25 battles. VCU and Virginia will square off in Charlottesville and Florida will meet Wisconsin in Madison. On Saturday, Ohio State will visit Marquette.

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