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AP Top 25: Michigan Stays No. 2, MSU Holds At No. 8

The Wolverines and Spartans jump back into Big Ten play this week.

December 31, 2018 - 1:05 pm
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NEW YORK (AP/97.1 The Ticket) — Duke remains atop an AP Top 25 poll with few major changes after a light Christmas week schedule of games.

The Blue Devils earned 35 of 64 first-place votes to stay at No. 1 for the second straight week and fourth week this season, while the top 12 remained in unchanged in the latest poll on Monday.

Second-ranked Michigan earned nine first-place votes, while No. 3 Tennessee earned 12. Fourth-ranked Virginia and fifth-ranked Kansas each earned four votes to round out the poll's top tier.

Kentucky was the highest-ranked climber, rising three spots to No. 13.

No. 22 Wisconsin fell seven spots after losing to Western Kentucky, while Arizona State fell out after losing to Princeton. Nebraska was the lone addition at No. 24, though the Cornhuskers were ranked twice earlier this month.

The Wolverines (13-0) are one of four remaining undefeated teams in the country, alongside Virginia, Nevada and Houston. 

Michigan jumps back into Big Ten play on Thursday at home against Penn State. The Wolverines beat Purdue and escaped a close one at Northwestern back in early December when the league had a brief set of conference games to accomodate for a lengthened Big Ten slate this season.

Michigan State (11-2) will resume conference play Tuesday night against Northwestern. The Spartans also went 2-0 in the first pair of Big Ten games, taking care of Iowa and Rutgers.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.