MSU Men’s Basketball No. 1 on AP Top 25 poll

Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma are the top three teams for the third straight week in the men’s college basketball poll by The Associated Press.

   The Spartans have been No. 1 in the poll for four weeks. They were again a runaway choice, receiving all but one first-place vote Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

   Kansas drew the other No. 1 vote. Following Oklahoma are Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Kentucky. The top nine teams remained the same from last week. Kentucky beat Louisville on Saturday and replaced Providence, which dropped to 12th.

   No. 25 UCLA is the lone newcomer. The Bruins had been ranked for one week earlier this season. They replaced George Washington, which dropped out from No. 20 following a loss to DePaul.

                                Record   Pts Prv
 1. Michigan St. (64)     13-0  1,623   1
 2. Kansas (1)              10-1  1,534   2
 3. Oklahoma               11-0  1,498   3
 4. Maryland                11-1  1,428   4
 5. Virginia                  10-1  1,351   5
 6. Xavier                    12-0  1,296   6
 7. North Carolina        10-2  1,219   7
 8. Arizona                  12-1  1,081   8
 9. Butler                     10-1    984   9
10. Kentucky              10-2    963  12
11. Iowa St.                10-1    938  11
12. Providence            12-1    923  10
13. Miami                    10-1    867  13
14. Purdue                  12-1    818  14
15. Duke                     9-2    781   15
16. Villanova               9-2    643    17
17. SMU                     11-0    636  18
18. Louisville               11-2    516  16
19. West Virginia         10-1    500  19
20. Texas A&M            9-2    371    21
21. Utah                      10-2    224  24
22. Cincinnati               10-3    199  22
23. Baylor                     9-2    195  23
24. South Carolina        11-0    175  25
25. UCLA                      9-4     51   —

   Others receiving votes: UConn 49, Oregon 45, Gonzaga 44, Pittsburgh 42, George Washington 40, Dayton 19, Colorado 15, Monmouth (NJ) 11, Northwestern 11, Vanderbilt 10, Iowa 7, Texas Tech 6, Florida 4, Texas 4, Saint Joseph’s 2, Mississippi 1, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 1.