LSU is one of three unbeaten teams left in Division I. The Tigers are also back in the Top 25. Not bad for a program that hasn't seen the better side of .500 in six seasons.
The Tigers (12-0) moved into the AP college basketball on Monday at No. 21, their first ranking since Dec. 13, 1993.
Also unbeaten are Stanford, which held the No. 1 spot for the third straight week Monday, and No. 7 Syracuse.
Connecticut was second and was followed by Cincinnati, which was No. 1 on three ballots. Then came Auburn, Arizona, Florida and Syracuse (9-0).
Duke and Kansas moved up one place each to eighth and ninth, while Indiana rounded out the Top Ten.
Michigan State, stunned by Wright State last week, dropped three spots to lead the Second Ten, and was followed by Maryland, Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Texas, Utah, Illinois and Oklahoma.
LSU led the final five teams in the poll and was followed by Tulsa, DePaul, UCLA and Kentucky.
Kentucky (8-4) has won four straight games since falling out of the rankings last month after a run of 164 consecutive polls.
The Wildcats had been in every Top 25 from Dec. 4, 1990, until last Dec. 13 -- the fifth-longest run in history. Included in their winning streak was a 30-point win over Louisville and a two-point victory over Michigan State.
Temple (6-3), which lost to Wisconsin last week, dropped out from 17th although the Owls are playing short-handed because point guard Pepe Sanchez and forward Mark Karcher are injured.
Sanchez has not played since the opening game of the season because of a sprained ankle. Karcher, the leading scorer, is out for up to three weeks after spraining his shoulder against Cleveland State last week.
Wake Forest (9-3) had a rough trip to Hawaii and fell out from 19th. The Demon Deacons lost to Oregon by one point in the opening round of the Rainbow Classic, then beat Ohio University in double overtime before losing 70-57 to Villanova in the fifth-place game.
Oklahoma State's loss to LSU caused the Cowboys to have the week's biggest drop, from 11th to No. 16.
Utah and Tulsa made the week's biggest jumps, modest moves of three places to 18th and 22nd, respectively.
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