The NCAA Division I Basketball Committee slated Duke because the No. 1 total seed in its preliminary event rankings over the weekend. Voters within the AP High 25 caught with Tennessee as their prime crew.

The Vols obtained 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel within the ballot launched Monday, remaining forward of Duke for fourth straight week. The No. 2 Blue Devils had 24 first-place votes.

No. Three Gonzaga and No. four Virginia, the opposite prime seeds within the NCAA’s preliminary rankings on Saturday, rounded out the highest 5 with Kentucky.

Tennessee (22-1, 10-Zero SEC) moved to the No. 1 spot within the AP ballot after Duke (21-2, 9-1 ACC) misplaced to Syracuse on Jan. 14.

The Vols continued profitable, stretching their school-record streak to 18 video games with wins over Missouri and Florida final week.

TeamRecLast1. Tennessee (40)22-112. Duke (24)21-223. Gonzaga23-244. Virginia20-235. Kentucky20-356. Michigan22-277. Nevada23-168. North Carolina19-489. Houston23-11210. Marquette20-41011. Michigan St.19-5912. Purdue17-61513. Villanova19-51414. Kansas18-61315. Texas Tech19-51816. Louisville17-71617. Florida St.18-52218. Kansas St.18-5-19. LSU19-42120. Wisconsin17-71921. Iowa19-52022. Virginia Tech18-51123. Iowa St.18-61724. Maryland18-62425. Buffalo20-323

Committee chair Bernard Muir stated the choice for the highest total seed was shut, however Blue Devils edged the Vols primarily based on energy of schedule.

Tennessee was No. 1 within the South Area.

“I would like these guys to take pleasure in what they’re doing and I am most likely not the simplest man to let that occur as a result of I am all the time considering of how we are able to get higher, and I need to do it proper now,” Vols coach Rick Barnes stated. “I respect how exhausting they’re competed and the truth that they need to get higher.”

The NCAA Division I Males’s Basketball Committee provides Duke the highest seed over Tennessee in its preliminary rankings. “It was 1A and 1B,” committee chairman Bernard Muir stated.

Duke received each of its video games final week, rolling over Boston Faculty by 25 earlier than profitable a rematch with Virginia 81-71 on Saturday. The Blue Devils wanted time beyond regulation to beat the Cavaliers the primary assembly and shot them out of the fitness center within the second, making 13 of 21 from the Three-point arc.

“We have been simply in our zone and it is nice to see when our crew is like that,” stated Duke’s R.J. Barrett, who had 26 factors and was 6 for 10 on 3s.

Virginia dropped one spot from No. Three after shedding to the Blue Devils.

BIG 12 RACE

Kansas State moved again into the ballot this week at No. 18.

Maybe extra importantly, the Wildcats are in command of the Large 12 race after knocking off rival Kansas and Baylor final week.

The Wildcats (18-5) are Eight-2 within the Large 12, placing them 1 half video games forward of the 14th-ranked Jayhawks, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 23 Iowa State. Kansas State performs Texas and Iowa State this week.

Kansas might want to make a late-season run for the second straight yr if it’s going to stretch its report run of convention titles to 15. The Jayhawks play TCU and West Virginia.

ZIGGING ZAGS

Gonzaga moved up a spot within the AP ballot this week, was chosen as the highest total seed within the West by the NCAA’s choice committee and crushed WCC rival Saint Mary’s 94-46 on Saturday.

It wasn’t all excellent news for the Zags final week.

Gonzaga ahead Killian Tillie didn’t play in opposition to the Gaels and is out indefinitely after struggling a torn ligament in his proper foot in opposition to San Francisco on Thursday. He missed the primary two months of the season on account of a foot damage and has performed simply 9 video games.

MOVING UP

No. 17 Florida State had the most important soar on this week’s ballot, climbing 5 spots after beating Syracuse and Louisville, which remained at No. 16 regardless of the loss.

No. 9 Houston and No. 12 Purdue every moved up three spots.

MOVING DOWN

No. 22 Virginia Tech had a precipitous drop this week, falling 11 spots after losses to Louisville and Clemson.

DROPPING OUT

Per week after transferring into the ballot at No. 25, Cincinnati dropped out beating Memphis and shedding to Houston final week.

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