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Kentucky moves down two spots in latest AP Poll

Kentucky moves down two spots in latest AP Poll”

Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press' first regular-season poll of 2017-18.

Despite winning two close games, Kentucky moved from No. 5 to No. 7 in the new poll.

Duke shot 55 percent - 71 percent while pulling away in the second half - and held the Phoenix to less than 40 percent shooting while looking the part of a team beginning a second straight season atop the AP Top 25. Duke had 33 first-place votes in the preseason poll. The Villanova Wildcats, Wichita State Shockers, Florida Gators, North Carolina Tar Heels and Southern California Trojans finished off the top 10, respectively. The Blue Devils opened the season with convincing wins over Elon and Utah Valley, giving coach Mike Krzyzewski 1,000 victories with the program. "This one being in Cameron, felt a lot more love for Coach and I think this one was the coolest just because of the fan support and being at home".

No. 3 Arizona collected 16 first-place votes, while No. 4 Kansas had the remaining two. Eastern Time. The Arizona Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats are now rounding out the top five while Arizona received 18 first-place votes and Kansas receiving one.

"You can not play Popcorn State and learn anything", Wildcats coach John Calipari said after the weekend's fixtures. Without question it will be the biggest stage so far for a Duke team that starts four freshmen - the first time the Blue Devils have done that since Johnny Dawkins and Mark Alarie were first-year players in 1982-83. I didn't realize how good (Vermont) was until I watched the tape. "This is ridiculous.' They just do an unbelievable job".

Duke: Plays host to Utah Valley on Saturday night before facing its biggest test of the young season next Tuesday night against No. 2 Michigan State in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

The Mountaineers (0-1), who were the only Top 25 team to lose in Week 1, dropped 13 spots to No. 24.



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