NCAA basketball rankings: Duke tops final poll of 2018, with Kentucky rising


Duke sits at No. 1 in the final AP poll of 2018 in college basketball. The Blue Devils are 11-1 with a lone loss coming against Gonzaga ahead of conference play in the ACC, which begins on Saturday.

Michigan sits at No. 2, with Tennessee, Virginia and Kansas rounding out the top five. Each of those teams received at least four No. 1 votes in this week’s poll.

Seven teams from the Big Ten crashed the poll this week. After Michigan, Michigan State checks in at No. 8, Ohio State comes in at No. 14, Indiana and Wisconsin are No. 21 and No. 22, while Nebraska and Iowa are No. 24 and No. 25.

Kentucky moved up to No. 13 after a win against rival Louisville over the weekend. That victory follows the Wildcats’ neutral court win over North Carolina a week prior, putting them at 10-2 heading into SEC play.

Houston is also rising in the polls. The Cougars are No. 19 after an undefeated start thanks to one of the country’s stingiest defenses.

Here’s this week’s AP poll, with No. 1 votes in parenthesis.

  1. Duke (35)
  2. Michigan (9)
  3. Tennessee (12)
  4. Virginia (4)
  5. Kansas (4)
  6. Nevada
  7. Gonzaga
  8. Michigan State
  9. Florida State
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. Texas Tech
  12. Auburn
  13. Kentucky
  14. Ohio State
  15. North Carolina
  16. Marquette
  17. Mississippi State
  18. North Carolina State
  19. Houston
  20. Buffalo
  21. Indiana
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Oklahoma
  24. Nebraska
  25. Iowa


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