Kentucky, Michigan State are 1-2 ahead of Tuesday meeting

Nov. 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Kentucky and Michigan State solidified their spots atop the USA Today's coach's basketball poll ahead of their head-to-head matchup Tuesday.

The Champions Classic in Chicago features four of the top six teams in the rankings, highlighted by the battle between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State. Also on tap is a game between fourth-ranked Duke and No. 6 Kansas.

There are no major changes in the Top 25 after the first weekend. Kentucky and Notre Dame came away with 2-0 records and all the other teams, except Memphis which doesn't begin its season until Thursday, are 1-0 going into the first regular-season poll.

There is one poll addition in Baylor, which ties Virginia for 25th this week.

Kentucky pulls in 19 of the 32 first-place votes this week, which is up three from the pre-season poll. Michigan State, with two first-place votes, earns more total poll points than it did in the pre-season in holding onto No. 2.

Louisville gets nine first-place mentions and remains third followed by Duke, which receives the other two first-place votes. Arizona comes in fifth ahead of Kansas with Syracuse voted in No. 7.

Michigan and Ohio State are both up one spot to eighth and ninth, respectively, reflecting a two-position drop by Florida to No. 10.

North Carolina is 11th with Oklahoma State coming at 12th and Memphis sitting in No. 13 position. They are unchanged from the pre-season but Virginia Commonwealth moves to 14th, forcing Gonzaga to 15.

Wichita State is again in 16th with Marquette back in the No. 17 position and Oregon 18th. Wisconsin moves to No. 19, an improvement of two spots. That sends Connecticut down one to 20th and New Mexico down one to No. 21.

Notre Dame returns as the No. 22 team while Indiana takes over 23rd, switching places with No. 24 UCLA. Virginia and new poll entry Baylor tie for 25th.

There are four games Tuesday pitting ranked teams against each other. In addition to the blockbuster lineup in Chicago, Florida travels to Wisconsin and Virginia Commonwealth plays at Virginia. Also this week, Ohio State visits Marquette Saturday.

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