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UMass ranked No. 24, first time in AP Top 25 poll since 1998

Massachusetts' Trey Davis celebrates defeating Clemson 62-56 in the second half of the championship game at the Charleston Classic NCAA college basketball tournament in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.  (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Massachusetts' Trey Davis celebrates defeating Clemson 62-56 in the second half of the championship game at the Charleston Classic NCAA college basketball tournament in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

By The Associated Press
Monday, November 25, 2013

Michigan State won three games last week and remains a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.

The Spartans (6-0) held the top spot for a second straight week by receiving 56 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media poll.

Kansas drew eight first-place votes and remains second. Kentucky, the preseason No. 1, and Arizona moved up one spot each to third and fourth. Oklahoma State received the other No. 1 vote and jumped from seventh to fifth. Duke stayed at sixth.

Ohio State, Syracuse, Louisville and Wisconsin rounded out the top 10. Louisville dropped from third after losing to North Carolina.

Iowa and University of Massachusetts moved into the rankings at 23rd and 24th. They replaced VCU, which dropped from 10th after losing twice, and New Mexico, which had been 19th.

College Basketball

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Michigan St. (56) 6-0 1,616 1

2. Kansas (8) 4-0 1,559 2

3. Kentucky 4-1 1,445 4

4. Arizona 5-0 1,425 5

5. Oklahoma St. (1) 4-0 1,347 7

6. Duke 5-1 1,285 6

7. Ohio St. 4-0 1,206 8

8. Syracuse 4-0 1,161 9

9. Louisville 5-1 1,103 3

10. Wisconsin 6-0 960 12

11. Gonzaga 4-0 830 13

12. Wichita St. 5-0 809 14

13. UConn 6-0 798 18

14. Oregon 4-0 731 17

15. Florida 4-1 729 16

16. North Carolina 4-1 712 24

17. Iowa St. 4-0 521 21

18. Baylor 4-0 437 20

19. UCLA 5-0 416 22

20. Creighton 4-0 373 23

21. Memphis 2-1 354 11

22. Michigan 4-2 238 14

23. Iowa 5-0 197 —

24. UMass 6-0 188 —

25. Marquette 3-1 126 25

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 82, VCU 71, Florida St. 63, Virginia 61, Indiana 47, Boise St. 35, Charlotte 35, Belmont 31, Arizona St. 23, Harvard 22, Colorado 19, Villanova 16, Xavier 11, Pittsburgh 10, Missouri 8, Cincinnati 7, Tennessee 7, Minnesota 6, Illinois 2, George Washington 1, Georgetown 1, Texas A&M 1.

Ballots Online: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Michigan State (30) 6-0 798 1

2. Kansas (2) 4-0 762 3

3. Arizona 5-0 722 4

4. Kentucky 4-1 672 5

5. Duke 5-1 639 6

6. Ohio State 4-0 617 8

7. Syracuse 4-0 611 7

8. Oklahoma State 4-0 593 9

9. Louisville 5-1 591 2

10. Gonzaga 4-0 454 12

11. Wisconsin 6-0 440 15

12. Wichita State 5-0 405 16

13. Florida 4-1 395 14

14. Connecticut 6-0 337 18

15. Oregon 4-0 327 17

16. North Carolina 4-1 325 19

17. Baylor 4-0 213 21

18. Creighton 4-0 199 23

19. Memphis 2-1 194 11

20. Michigan 4-2 185 13

21. UCLA 5-0 156 24

22. Iowa State 4-0 151 NR

23. Iowa 5-0 97 25

24. VCU 4-2 78 10

25. Indiana 5-1 72 22

Massachusetts 69; New Mexico 56; Marquette 42; Florida State 27; Virginia 24; Boise State 19; Pittsburgh 18; Arizona State 17; Colorado 13; California 12; Saint Mary’s 10; Tennessee 9; Saint Louis 8; Charlotte 7; New Mexico State 7; Missouri 6; Utah State 5; Villanova 5; Belmont 4; Notre Dame 3; Providence 3; Harvard 2; Georgetown 1.