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Top 25 Basketball Polls: 12.21.15

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Jayhawks hold at #2 in the AP, up to #3 in the Coaches poll.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State stayed at #1, but received bad news today in that star player Denzel Valentine will miss the next 2-3 weeks after having his knee scoped in an arthroscopic procedure.  Michigan State is one of six remaining unbeatens in D1.

In your obscure state of the day, Kentucky and Duke each lost to unranked teams while both were top-10 teams on the same day.  In the AP, Kentucky fell to #12 and Duke dropped all the way to #15. Iowa State also fell out of the top-10 after losing at home to Northern Iowa.

#6 Xavier, #9 Butler, and #10 Providence are the newest members of the AP top-10 club.

As for the Big 12, the Jayhawks held steady at #2 (in the AP), followed #3 Oklahoma, #11 Iowa State, #19 West Virginia, and #23 Baylor.   Texas is unranked but receiving votes.

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 12-0 1,623
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 9-1 1,537
3 Oklahoma Sooners 8-0 1,495
4 Maryland Terrapins 10-1 1,428
5 Virginia Cavaliers 9-1 1,350
6 Xavier Musketeers 11-0 1,287
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 9-2 1,215
8 Arizona Wildcats 11-1 1,056
9 Butler Bulldogs 9-1 947
10 Providence Friars 11-1 911
11 Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 907
12 Kentucky Wildcats 9-2 856
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 9-1 851
14 Purdue Boilermakers 11-1 833
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 809
16 Louisville Cardinals 9-1 652
17 Villanova Wildcats 8-2 649
18 SMU Mustangs 9-0 628
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 9-1 470
20 George Washington Colonials 10-1 366
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 327
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 315
23 Baylor Bears 8-2 141
24 Utah Utes 9-2 107
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-0 87
Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, Connecticut 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, Northern Iowa 15, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth 6, Iowa 5, Texas 3, Florida 3, Northwestern 2


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st PREV
1 Michigan St 12-0 773 29 1
2 Oklahoma 8-0 718 2 3
3 Kansas 9-1 716 0 5
4 Maryland 10-1 687 0 7
5 Virginia 9-1 646 0 9
6 Xavier 11-0 603 0 10
7 North Carolina 9-2 520 0 11
8 Arizona 11-1 517 0 12
9 Iowa St. 9-1 506 0 2
10 Duke 9-2 455 0 6
11 Kentucky 9-2 441 0 4
12 Butler 9-1 410 0 18
13 Purdue 11-1 378 0 8
14 Providence 11-1 376 0 14
15 Louisville 9-1 371 0 16
16 Miami-Florida 9-1 323 0 19
17 Villanova 8-2 310 0 13
18 West Virginia 9-1 301 0 16
19 Texas A&M 9-2 169 0 24
20 George Washington 10-1 159 0 22
21 Cincinnati 10-2 153 0 20
22 Baylor 8-2 122 0 14
23 South Carolina 10-0 77 0 25
24 Gonzaga 8-3 59 0 21
25 Vanderbilt 7-3 45 0 23
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 38; Utah 35; Pittsburgh 34; Colorado 31; UCLA 22; Oregon 18; Notre Dame 15; Dayton 10; California 8; Arkansas-Little Rock 8; Northern Iowa 5; Texas 5; Florida 4; Indiana 3; Iowa 2; Monmouth 2.