Wildcats up a spot in rankings

Updated: December 14, 2009, 2:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kentucky climbed a spot to No. 3 and picked up a first-place vote in the latest ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball rankings, which were released on Monday.

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Kansas (9-0) and Texas (8-0) continue to lead the ratings, voted upon by 31 NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches. The Jayhawks had 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Longhorns.

Kentucky (10-0) moved up a spot after Villanova, No. 3 last week, fell six spots after losing Sunday to Temple. Kentucky defeated No. 12 Connecticut on Wednesday, then buried Indiana on Saturday behind the stellar play of freshman phenom John Wall.

Purdue (9-0), Syracuse (10-0), West Virginia (7-0), Duke (7-1) and Tennessee (7-1) all climbed a spot, thanks to Villanova's loss.

Villanova fell to No. 9, one spot ahead of North Carolina, which remained No. 10.

There is one top-10 matchup on the schedule for this week, a Saturday matinee with North Carolina visiting Texas (2 p.m. ET). Also on Saturday, Duke hosts No. 15 Gonzaga.