Tennessee stays No. 1 for 2nd week in AP Top 25 poll

Tennessee handled its first week at No. 1 in more than a decade well enough to stay on its AP Top 25 perch.

The Volunteers received 48 of 64 first-place votes in Monday’s poll to extend the program’s first stint at No. 1 since February 2008. Tennessee (18-1, 6-0 SEC) has won 14 straight games.

“To be quite honest with you, I talked to them about (how) it’s new to them,” Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said of the No. 1 ranking after Saturday’s victory against West Virginia. “Is there more noise around them? Obviously, it is. But they’ve got to be mature enough to deal with that.”

The top six teams in the poll remained unchanged, with Duke sitting at No. 2, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State.

Kentucky (16-3, 5-1 SEC) moved past Nevada to reach No. 7 after Saturday’s home win against Kansas extended its streak to six games.

Nevada slid a spot to No. 8. , North Carolina and Marquette each rose two spots to round out the top 10.

No. 15 Louisville (15-5) has been playing well for the past two weeks under first-year head coach Chris Mack. Now the Cardinals, who cracked the poll for the first time last week, have moved up eight spots for the week’s biggest jump after reaching 6-1 in the ACC.

No. 19 LSU rose six spots, and No. 13 Houston, No. 14 Villanova and No. 20 Iowa State each jumped four spots.

No. 21 Maryland (16-5) took a big fall after losses at No. 6 Michigan State and then to Illinois in New York.

The ACC led the country with seven teams in the poll, three of them in the top 10. The Big Ten was second with five, followed by the SEC’s four and the Big 12’s three.

#2 Duke 83, Notre Dame 61: Zion Williamson scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots, and fellow freshmen RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined for another 30 points as the visiting Blue Devils (18-2, 7-1 ACC) rolled. The Irish (11-10, 1-7) lost their sixth straight game.

#16 Texas Tech 84, TCU 65: Jarrett Culver scored 12 of his 18 points after halftime, including two punctuating dunks in the closing minutes, and the host Red Raiders (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game conference losing streak.

Miami forward turning pro: Junior Dewan Hernandez said he would prepare for the NBA draft after being told by the NCAA that he must sit out the remainder of this season and 40 percent of next season because of his dealings with an agent.


Baylor back at No. 1

— 1st time since ’13

Kim Mulkey and Baylor returned to No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s poll for the first time nearly six years.

The Lady Bears (17-1) ascended to the top spot after then-No. 1 Notre Dame lost to unranked North Carolina on Sunday. Baylor, which received 24 of 28 first-place votes from a national media panel, last was No. 1 in the final poll of the 2012-13 season. The team was the top choice among voters for the final 11 weeks that season.

“Anything that’s considered positive for our program and Baylor, we welcome. But really, what does it mean? It doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t win a championship for you. It just puts a bigger target on your back,” Mulkey said after the Lady Bears beat Oklahoma on Sunday. “It’s not the first time we’ve been ranked No. 1.”

The Fighting Irish fell to fifth, with UConn, Louisville and Oregon following Baylor.

Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Oregon State and Marquette rounded out the top 10.

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