RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tennessee handled its first week at No. 1 in more than a decade well enough to stay on its AP Top 25 perch.

The Volunteers received 48 of 64 first-place votes in Monday's poll to extend the program's first stint at No. 1 since February 2008. Tennessee (18-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) has won 14 straight games — the program's longest run since the 1922-23 season and one shy of the school record — since suffering a neutral-court loss to Kansas in November.

"To be quite honest with you, I talked to them about (how) it's new to them," Volunteers coach Rick Barnes said of the No. 1 ranking after Saturday's victory against West Virginia . "They've earned it, but they can't forget what got them where they are.

"Is there more noise around them? Obviously, it is. But they've got to be mature enough to deal with that."

STATUS QUO

The top six teams in the poll remained unchanged, with Duke sitting at No. 2, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans stayed put despite suffering their first Big Ten loss at Purdue in a game that helped lift the Boilermakers back into the poll.

KENTUCKY'S RISE

John Calipari's latest group of Kentucky youngsters keep winning, and climbing in the poll .

The Wildcats (16-3, 5-1 SEC) moved past Nevada to reach No. 7 after Saturday's home win against Kansas extended their streak to six games. Kentucky was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll before a blowout loss to Duke in the season opener dropped the Wildcats to No. 10, then they slid even further, to No. 19, by mid-December.

But Kentucky has been rising ever since, and its only two losses since the Duke game have come by a combined three points.

THE TOP 10

Nevada slid a spot to No. 8, while North Carolina and Marquette each rose two spots to round out the top 10.

RISING

No. 15 Louisville (15-5) has been playing well for the past two weeks under first-year coach Chris Mack. Now the Cardinals, who cracked the poll for the first time last week, have moved up eight spots for the week's biggest jump after reaching 6-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in a week that included a win against now-No. 23 North Carolina State.

No. 19 LSU rose six spots, while No. 13 Houston, No. 14 Villanova and No. 20 Iowa State each jumped four spots.

SLIDING

Maryland (16-5) took a big fall after losses at No. 6 Michigan State and then to Illinois in New York. The Terrapins fell eight spots to No. 21 for the week's biggest slide among ranked teams.

No. 18 Buffalo fell four spots for the other significant slide.

HELLO AGAIN

No. 17 Purdue, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Florida State returned to the poll after being ranked for multiple weeks earlier this season.

Purdue was ranked in the first four polls and peaked at No. 19. Wisconsin was ranked in seven polls in November and December, reaching No. 12.

As for Florida State, the Seminoles had been ranked in every poll this season, peaking at No. 9 in December and standing at No. 11 two weeks ago, before falling out last week following a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

FALLING OUT

Auburn (No. 16), Iowa (No. 19) and Mississippi (No. 20) fell out of the poll. The Tigers had spent six weeks in the top 10 earlier this season.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The ACC led the country with seven teams in the poll, three of them in the top 10. The Big Ten was second with five ranked teams, followed by the SEC's four and the Big 12's three.

 

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Tennessee (48) 18-1 1575 1
2. Duke (12) 17-2 1527 2
3. Virginia (4) 18-1 1473 3
4. Gonzaga 19-2 1382 4
5. Michigan 19-1 1381 5
6. Michigan St. 18-3 1235 6
7. Kentucky 16-3 1226 8
8. Nevada 19-1 1158 7
9. North Carolina 15-4 1065 11
10. Marquette 18-3 973 12
11. Kansas 16-4 972 9
12. Virginia Tech 16-3 858 10
13. Houston 20-1 795 17
14. Villanova 16-4 734 18
15. Louisville 15-5 658 23
16. Texas Tech 16-4 561 14
17. Purdue 14-6 532
18. Buffalo 18-2 468 14
19. LSU 16-3 435 25
20. Iowa St. 15-5 327 24
21. Maryland 16-5 280 13
22. Mississippi St. 15-4 236 22
23. NC State 16-4 203 21
24. Wisconsin 14-6 179
25. Florida St. 15-5 141

Others receiving votes: Auburn 85, Cincinnati 76, Washington 75, Kansas St. 73, Oklahoma 41, Iowa 28, Wofford 10, Hofstra 9, Mississippi 7, TCU 7, Nebraska 6, Davidson 5, Syracuse 3, Minnesota 1.