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College Basketball 2017: AP Top 25 Poll Updated

Kentucky is on the rise while Arizona has a historic tumble.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois-Chicago at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are back on the rise in the latest top 25 polls.

The new AP Poll has Kentucky checking in at No. 7, up one spot from last week. Their move up came in part thanks to Arizona losing three games last week, dropping those other Wildcats from No. 2 to all the way out of the top 25, an astounding fall that hasn’t happened to this degree since Louisville accomplished it in the 1986-87 season.

Elsewhere in the SEC, the Florida Gators (6) and Texas A&M Aggies (9) also cracked the top 10. This is becoming the best league we’ve seen the SEC be since John Calipari arrived in the 2009 season.

Kentucky’s lone defeat this season was on a neutral floor to the Kansas Jayhawks, who are now No. 2 in the polls. Rounding out the top five were the Duke Blue Devils (1), Michigan State Spartans (3), Villanova Wildcats (4) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5).

Here is a look at the entire AP Poll:

  1. Duke (65 first-place votes)
  2. Kansas
  3. Michigan State
  4. Villanova
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Florida
  7. Kentucky
  8. Wichita State
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Miami (FL)
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Minnesota
  13. North Carolina
  14. Southern California
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Baylor
  17. Louisville
  18. Virginia
  19. West Virginia
  20. Arizona State
  21. Xavier
  22. Texas Tech
  23. TCU
  24. Alabama
  25. Creighton

Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 87, Nevada 61, UCLA 56, Purdue 56, Arizona 34, Washington St 25, Texas 22, Arkansas 17, Tennessee 14, Providence 9, Northwestern 8, Rhode Island 6, Saint Mary's (Cal) 5, Georgia 5, Oklahoma 3, UNLV 2, Vermont 1, Texas Arlington 1, Maryland 1.