Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now.
Coming off decisive wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M, Tennessee remained atop The Associated Press men's basketball poll for the third straight week.
The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday. No. 2 Duke had 12 first-place votes and No. 3 Virginia four. Gonzaga and Kentucky rounded out the top 5.
"These guys have worked hard," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said after the Texas A&M game. "They've really become a team. If you could've been in the huddle the last seven minutes, I didn't have to say a word."
Tennessee (20-1, 8-0 SEC) struggled against Vanderbilt in its first game at No. 1 and got off to a slow start against West Virginia. The Vols stomped on the Gamecocks and Aggies by a combined 39 points to break a century-old school record with their 16th straight win.
Tennessee plays Missouri and Florida this week.
"We have a long way to go," junior forward guard Grant Williams said. "We have a long season ahead of us. It's nice to set that record but we want more. We can't ever settle because if we settle or we start thinking that's all we want, we're going to drop to teams left and right."
While the top four remained the same, the top 10 became jumbled after Michigan and Michigan State lost.
The Wolverines, still undefeated two weeks ago, dropped two spots to No. 7 after losing to Iowa. The Spartans fell three spots to No. 9 following a loss to Indiana, which had lost its previous seven games. Michigan State learned last week that guard Joshua Langford would not return this season because of a knee injury.
No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Nevada and No. 8 North Carolina all moved up because of the losses.
A pair of losses and an epically bad shooting night bounced North Carolina State from No. 23 to out of the poll without receiving a single vote.
The Wolfpack opened the week with an overtime loss to Virginia, then fell flat in a loss to No. 10 Virginia Tech.
One of the ACC's top offenses, N.C. State was held to 24 total points, the worst output by an ACC team since the shot clock began in the 1985-86 season.
The Wolfpack made nine shots while shooting 16.7 percent, lowest in the history of a league founded in 1953.
Mississippi State was the only other team to drop from the poll, falling out from No. 22 after losing to Alabama.
Cincinnati has been on a roll lately, stretching its winning streak to seven games with a 73-68 victory over SMU on Saturday.
The Bearcats were rewarded with a spot in Monday's poll at No. 25. It is Cincinnati's first ranking since ending the 2017-18 season at No. 6.
Mick Cronin's crew has road games against Memphis and Houston this week.
Coach Geno Auriemma doesn't seem too concerned that UConn has its most losses in six years.
After all, the Huskies entered the Final Four unbeaten the last two seasons only to walk away without a national championship.
"Last time I checked, there's 365 Division-I teams in America, 364 of them would trade places with me in a heartbeat," he told reporters after the Huskies beat Cincinnati on Saturday. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over this."
UConn suffered its second loss of the season on Thursday, falling to then-No. 3 Louisville. The Huskies dropped to fifth on Monday in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, their lowest ranking since Feb. 12, 2007. UConn moved into the top five a week earlier and has remained there every poll since — a span of 232 consecutive weeks. That is more than double the next-longest streak, held by Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters had a 96-week run in the top five from 1979-84.
Louisville moved up to second this week behind top-ranked Baylor. The Lady Bears received 25 of 28 first-place votes from a national media panel on Monday. The Cardinals received the other three.
Oregon and Notre Dame rounded out the top five teams in the poll.