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Arizona remains No. 3 in AP Poll after two games

UMBC guard Jairus Lyles (10) drives between Arizona forward Deandre Ayton, Keanu Pinder (25), and Parker Jackson-Cartwright (0) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ first regular season poll of 2017-1018.

The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the preseason poll and received 34 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 released Monday after winning their first two games.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16 and No. 4 Kansas had 2. Duke had 33 first-place votes in the preseason poll.

Arizona (2-0) lost two first-place votes despite opening its season with convincing wins over Northern Arizona and Maryland-Baltimore County. The Wildcats still own the second most first-place votes of all teams in the poll.

Duke was the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season and ninth time overall, matching North Carolina for the most of all time. The two early season wins gave coach Mike Krzyzewski 1,000 victories with the program. He became the first Division I coach to reach 1,000 wins overall in 2015.

“It’s pretty awesome to be a part of two pretty historic moments for Coach,” said senior Grayson Allen, a freshman on that Duke team three years ago.

Kansas (2-0) picked up a first-place vote after routing Tennessee State 92-56.

Villanova (1-0) moved into the top 5 replacing Kentucky (2-0). Kentucky struggled out of the gate trailing Utah Valley by 9 at halftime before coming back with a big second half. Kentucky also against Vermont holding off the Catamounts by only four at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky has a chance to redeem themselves this week in Chicago as they will face Kansas in the Champions Classic. Duke will also face Michigan State in a match up of No. 1 vs No. 2.

With big matchups taking place in Chicago this week, Arizona will hope to pick up a few more first place votes if they handle their business against Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday.

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