Top 3 stay the same, 4 newcomers in AP Top 25

Kansas, Texas and Villanova held the top three spots in The

Associated Press college basketball poll for the second straight

week Monday. For the third consecutive week at least three teams

moved into the Top 25.

The Jayhawks (7-0), who beat Alcorn State and UCLA last week,

were again a runaway choice at No. 1, receiving all but three

first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Texas (6-0), which beat Southern California in its only game

last week, and Villanova (8-0), which beat Drexel and Maryland,

both received one first-place vote.

Kentucky (8-0), which beat then-No. 10 North Carolina on

Saturday, was fourth, switching places with Purdue (7-0). The

Boilermakers beat Wake Forest and Buffalo last week.

West Virginia, Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 vote, Duke,

Tennessee and Florida rounded out the top 10.

Wisconsin, which moved in at No. 20, and No. 23 Texas Tech, No.

24 Georgia Tech and No. 25 Mississippi moved into the rankings this

week. They replaced Clemson, Louisville, Florida State and

Portland.

Last week a record-tying seven teams moved into the poll and

Florida State and Portland were the only ones to drop out.

North Carolina fell one spot to 11th and was followed by

Michigan State, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Texas A&M,

Washington, UNLV, Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

Gonzaga was No. 21 and Butler was No. 22.

Wisconsin (6-1) were ranked for the first three polls of

2008-09. The Badgers, whose only loss was to Gonzaga in the Maui

Invitational, moved in following a 73-69 victory over Duke in the

ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

This is Texas Tech’s first appearance in the poll since the

final Top 25 of 2004-05. The Red Raiders (8-0) beat Washington

99-92 in overtime last week.

Georgia Tech (6-1) returns after a two-week absence. The Yellow

Jackets have won five straight since a 63-59 loss to Dayton in the

Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Mississippi has won three straight since losing 79-67 to

Villanova in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The

Rebels (7-1) were ranked for six weeks during the 2007-08

season.

Clemson, which blew a 23-point second-half lead in a 76-74 home

loss to Illinois last week, was the highest-ranked of the teams to

fall out of the poll, dropping from 18th. The Tigers (7-2) had been

ranked in the last 14 polls.

Louisville (5-2) dropped out from 20th after an 87-65 loss to

Charlotte, the worst home loss for the Cardinals since Rick Pitino

became their coach in 2001. Louisville, which played without three

injured guards, had been ranked in 29 consecutive polls since Feb.

12, 2008.

Florida State (7-2) moved in last week at No. 21 then lost 77-64

at Ohio State.

Portland cracked the poll last week for the first time since

February 1959. The celebration of the five-decade wait was

short-lived as the Pilots (5-3) lost 86-82 to Portland State and

68-48 to Idaho.

There are five games between ranked teams this week and four are

at neutral sites.

Butler plays Georgetown in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday and

Kentucky and Connecticut meet in the Big East/SEC Invitational the

next night on the same Madison Square Garden court.

Syracuse and Florida meet in Tampa in another Big East-SEC

matchup on Thursday.

On Saturday, Ohio State visits Butler and Georgetown plays its

first game in California since 2001 when it faces Washington in the

Wooden Classic in Anaheim.