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Jayhawks remain No. 2 in latest AP Top 25

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Kansas' Udoka Azubuike gets past Colorado's Dallas Walton to shoot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas' Udoka Azubuike gets past Colorado's Dallas Walton to shoot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) by Associated Press

The top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll remained the same this week, but there was plenty of movement behind No. 1 Louisville and No. 2 Kansas.

The Jayhawks, who knocked off No. 20 Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night to pick up their seventh consecutive victory after losing to Duke in the season opener, stayed in the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row.

Kansas (7-1) received four of the 64 first-place votes in this week’s poll, while Louisville (9-0) picked up 55 and Ohio State (9-0), which moved up from No. 6 to No. 3, earned five.

Maryland (10-0) and Michigan (8-1) round out this week’s Top 5.

Baylor, which picked up a convincing win over then-No. 12 Arizona over the weekend, moved up seven spots to No. 11 and was the only other Big 12 Conference representative in this week’s Top 25. Texas and West Virginia both received votes for this week’s poll.

Colorado, meanwhile, dropped four spots to 24th after falling to Kansas, 72-58, on Saturday.

RISING The biggest climb this week belonged to Baylor, which jumped seven spots to No. 11 after edging then-No. 12 Arizona 63-58 to run its record to 7-1. The Bears have emerged as perhaps the biggest challenger to Kansas in the Big 12. Sixth-ranked Gonzaga, No. 7 Duke and No. 10 Oregon each climbed three spots. Dayton continued its move up the rankings after its run to the Maui Invitational title game, moving up five spots to No. 14. Butler rose six spots to No. 18 after the Bulldogs beat Ole Miss and Florida.

FALLING Arizona dropped three spots to No. 15, Florida State fell four spots to No. 21 and Seton Hall tumbled six spots to No. 22 after a loss to Iowa State. As if that wasn’t bad enough for the Pirates, they also lost key contributor Sandro Mamukelashvili to a broken right wrist against the Cyclones.

MOVING IN Xavier moved into the poll at No. 22 after wins over Green Bay and Cincinnati, and San Diego State made its debut at No. 25 after edging San Jose State to improve to 10-0 on the season.

MOVING OUT Utah State was the first team out of the Top 25 after needing overtime to beat Fresno State last week. Washington also fell from No. 22 out of the poll after a loss to Gonzaga.

THIS WEEK Many schools have a light week because of final exams, but some big games are on the docket. Butler visits Baylor on Tuesday night, while Oregon travels to Michigan, Memphis visits Tennessee and Gonzaga heads to Arizona on Saturday.

This week's complete AP Top 25

1 – Louisville, 9-0, 1,591 (55)

2 – Kansas, 7-1, 1,486 (4)

3 – Ohio State, 9-0, 1,464 (5)

4 – Maryland, 10-0, 1,428

5 – Michigan, 8-1, 1,286

6 – Gonzaga, 10-1, 1,235

7 – Duke, 9-1, 1,232

8 – Kentucky, 7-1, 1,170

9 – Virginia, 8-1, 1,060

10 – Oregon, 7-2, 905

11 – Baylor, 7-1, 872

12 – Auburn, 8-0, 836

13 – Memphis, 8-1, 756

14 – Dayton, 7-1, 672

15 – Arizona, 9-1, 654

16 – Michigan State, 6-3, 637

17 – North Carolina, 6-3, 615

18 – Butler, 9-0, 529

19 – Tennessee, 7-1, 455

20 – Villanova, 7-2, 285

21 – Florida State, 8-2, 253

22 – Seton Hall, 6-3, 250

23 – Xavier, 9-1, 216

24 – Colorado, 7-1, 210

25 – San Diego State, 10-0, 197

Others receiving votes: Utah State 160, Washington 144, Purdue 130, Indiana 13, Marquette 11, Liberty 9, Saint Mary's 8, Texas 6, Penn State 5, Florida 5, Georgetown 4, West Virginia 3, Richmond 3, LSU 2, DePaul 1, Duquesne 1, VCU 1

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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