Kentucky, Michigan State stay atop rankings as matchup looms

(AP) - Kentucky and Michigan State held the top two spots in The Associated Press' first regular-season poll, setting up the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in five years.

The Wildcats held the same three-point advantage over the Spartans from the preseason poll, and the teams will meet Tuesday night in Chicago. The last 1-2 matchup was No. 2 Tennessee's 66-62 victory over Memphis on Feb. 24, 2008.

Kentucky received 28 first-place votes and 1,552 points from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan State had 22 No. 1 votes. Defending champion Louisville remained third and was No. 1 on 12 ballots.

Duke, which got the other three first-place votes, and Kansas stayed fourth and fifth. They'll meet in the other game of the Chicago doubleheader on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Ohio State rounded out the top 10. There were no changes in the 25 teams from the preseason poll

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