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With only one Top 25 team losing in the first week of the men’s basketball season, not much has changed about the Associated Press poll.
Duke remains the nation’s top-ranked team, followed by Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas. However, there may now be some cause for concern in Lexington.
Villanova now sits in the No. 5 slot after a pair of close calls by Kentucky saw the Wildcats drop two spots to No. 7.
Here is how the entire poll played out:
2. Michigan State
6. Wichita State
9. North Carolina
10. South Carolina
13. Notre Dame
16. Texas A&M
21. Saint Mary’s
22. Seton Hall
24. West Virginia
While things are always a bit of a work in progress early for John Calipari‘s freshmen-dominated lineups, these Wildcats appear vulnerable. Kentucky trailed Utah Valley on Friday by nine points at halftime before turning things on in the second half for a 73-63 win before narrowly escaping Sunday with a 73-69 win over Vermont.
Calipari has made it clear coaching this team, which is his youngest at Kentucky, has been anything but a joy for him. Calipari said, per Kyle Tucker of SEC Country:
“Kicking dogs. Throwing cats. I’m dying here. I got a noose around my neck, I’m holding onto a rope, my hands are bleeding, I’m kicking alligators and I’m coaching freshmen. I’m fighting to get my mindset in that I’ve got to stay in the moment of all this and I’ve got to be as positive for these guys as I can, and then I’ve got to try to build this toward the end of the year.”
The Wildcats will face their first test of the season Tuesday when they play at Kansas. The Jayhawks earned a 92-56 win over Tennessee State in their first game.
Texas A&M moved up nine spots to No. 16 after a surprising 88-65 win at West Virginia. Admon Gilder and DJ Hogg both had huge games off the bench, and Tyler Davis added 23 points and 13 rebounds as Texas A&M pulled away in the second half.
West Virginia shot just 34.3 percent and made 12 three-pointers, but those came on 40 attempts.
The Aggies won despite playing without forward Robert Williams, a potential NBA lottery pick who was suspended for the first two games of the season.
There were no teams that dropped out or moved into the Top 25 this week.