Tennessee will spend a fourth consecutive week on top of the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. If the Volunteers want to stay No. 1 for a fifth week, however, they’re going to have to earn it.

Tennessee ran its winning streak to 18 games and received 30 of 32 first-place votes to maintain the top position ahead of second-ranked Duke. But after a mid-week date with South Carolina, the Vols head to No. 5 Kentucky for a massive SEC showdown on Saturday. The Wildcats have rattled off 10 wins in succession themselves after dropping their conference opener to Alabama.

The Blue Devils, meanwhile, completed a regular-season sweep of Virginia to retain the No. 2 spot, garnering the remaining two first-places votes. The Cavaliers, whose only two losses have come at the hands of Duke, fall one spot to fourth behind No. 3 Gonzaga.

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Nevada retains the No. 6 position, though the Wolf Pack are just two poll points ahead of No. 7 Michigan this week. North Carolina, Houston and Marquette round out the top 10, with No. 11 Purdue closing fast after a four-position gain.

No. 18 Kansas State and No. 25 Maryland rejoin the Top 25, replacing Mississippi State and Cincinnati.