Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now.
Coming off decisive wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M, Tennessee atop The Associated Press's basketball poll for the third straight week.
The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from A media panel in the poll released Monday. No. 2 Duke had 12 first-place votes and no. 3 Virginia four. Gonzaga and Kentucky rounded out the top 5.
"These guys have worked hard," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said after the Texas A&M game. "They've really become a team. If you've been in the last seven minutes, I didn't have to say a word."
Tennessee plays Missouri and Florida this week.
"We have a long way to go, "junior forward guard Grant Williams said. "We have a long season ahead of us. It's nice to see that we want more. We can't ever settle because if we settle or we start thinking that's all we want, we're going to drop to teams left and left. right. "
While the top four lost the same, the top 10 became jumbled after Michigan and Michigan State lost.
The Wolverines, still undefeated two weeks ago, dropped two spots to No. 7 after losing to Iowa. The Spartans fall three spots to No. 9 following a loss to Indiana, which had lost its previous seven games. Michigan State last week that Joshua Langford's guard would not return this season because of a knee injury.
No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Nevada and No.
|1. Tennessee (48)||20-1||1|
|2. Duke (12)||19-2||2|
|3. Virginia (4)||20-1||3|
|8 thereof. North Carolina||17-4||9|
|9. Michigan St. 18-4||10. Marquette||19-3||10|
|eleventh Virginia Tech  18-3||12|
|17th Iowa St. 17-5|
|18. Texas Tech 17-5|
|22nd Florida St. 16-5|
The Wolfpack opened the week with an overtime loss to Virginia, then fell flat in a loss to no. 10 Virginia Tech.
One of the ACC's top offenses, NC State was held to 24 total points, the worst output by an ACC team since the shot clock began in the 1985-86 season.
The Wolfpack made nine shots while shooting 16.7 percent, lowest in the history of a league founded in 1953.
Mississippi State was the only other team to drop from the poll, falling out of no. 22 after losing to Alabama
Cincinnati has been on a roll lately, stretching its winning streak to seven games with a 73-68 victory over SMU on Saturday.
The Bearcats were rewarded with a spot in Monday's poll at no. 25. It is Cincinnati's first ranking since ending the 2017-18 season at No. 6.
Mick Cronin's crew has road games against Memphis and Houston this week.
Iowa was the only other team to move into the poll, reinstating that no. 20 after its win over Michigan
RISING / FALLING
Wisconsin had the week's biggest climb, jumping five spots to No. 19 after beating Maryland and Nebraska. No. 17 Iowa State and No. 22 Florida state each moved up three spots
The biggest drop outside of NC State was Buffalo, which dropped five spots to No. 23 Bowling Green on Friday.