Mississippi State enters poll at No. 24
Bulldogs move into Top 25 after defeating Texas A&M, Arizona
North Carolina remains an overwhelming No. 1 pick in The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll.
The Tar Heels received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.
Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut, Syracuse and Duke stayed second through sixth. Louisville advanced one place to seventh and was followed in the top 10 by Memphis, Baylor and Florida.
Ohio State (1) and Connecticut (2) drew the other No. 1 votes.
Mississippi State moved in at No. 24, its first appearance in the rankings since 2009-10. The Bulldogs beat Arizona in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Cincinnati dropped out from No. 20 after losing to Presbyterian at home.