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NIT Season Tip-Off

Like old times, Kentucky on top of men's AP poll again

Kentucky, its star-filled roster decimated by the NBA draft, didn't wait long to get back to the top of The Associated Press poll.

The Wildcats, who again have a lineup full of freshmen who were high school All-Americans, went from second to No. 1 on Monday. The move was made possible by their convincing win over then-No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic and North Carolina's loss to Northern Iowa that ended the Tar Heels' two-week run on top.

This is Kentucky's 114th week at No. 1 since the poll began in 1949. The Wildcats, who were No. 1 every week last season, trail only UCLA at 134 weeks and Duke at 127. The Tar Heels had tied Kentucky on the all-time list with this...