Kentucky, Michigan State stay 1-2 in AP poll - NBC Sports

Kentucky, Michigan State stay 1-2 in AP poll
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Kentucky's Alex Poythress (22) looses the ball next to Northern Kentucky's Anthony Monaco (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
November 11, 2013, 12:29 pm

Kentucky and Michigan State held the top spots in The Associated Press' first regular-season college basketball poll, setting up the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in five years.

The Wildcats held the same three-point advantage over the Spartans from the preseason Top 25 on Monday, and they will meet Tuesday night in Chicago. The last 1-2 matchup was No. 2 Tennessee's 66-62 victory over Memphis on Feb. 24, 2008.

Kentucky received 28 first-place votes and 1,552 points from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan State had 22 No. 1 votes. Defending champion Louisville remained third and was No. 1 on 12 ballots.

Duke, which got the other three first-place votes, and Kansas stayed fourth and fifth. They will meet in the other game of the Chicago doubleheader.

Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Ohio State rounded out the top 10. There were no changes in the 25 teams from the preseason poll.

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