Updated: November 24, 2015, 10:37 AM ET

ESPN.com Power Rankings: Nov. 24

Kentucky is No. 1. This all sounds so familiar, doesn't it?

Although the Wildcats did not start the season atop our preseason rankings -- that honor belonged to Maryland -- an early show of strength by Kentucky swayed our voters.

Is it a surprise? Hardly. This seems to be Kentucky's rightful place, in the past few seasons and, once again, in the present.

Voters: Eamonn Brennan (ESPN.com), C.L. Brown (ESPN), Sean Farnham (ESPN), John Gasaway (ESPN Insider), Jeff Goodman (ESPN Insider), Seth Greenberg (ESPN analyst), Andy Katz (ESPN.com), Joe Lunardi (ESPN), Myron Medcalf (ESPN.com), Dana O'Neil (ESPN.com).

1 Kentucky4-0
Kentucky showed some early-season muscle by handling Duke at the Champions Classic. It could be awhile before the Wildcats get tested.
2 Maryland3-0
The Terrapins have had to work for wins, needing a late push to beat Georgetown and Rider last week.
3 Michigan State4-0
How about Denzel Valentine? His triple-double led the Spartans to a big early win over Kansas. He is the fourth player in MSU history to accomplish the feat.
4 Duke4-1
The Blue Devils have been tested early. After falling against Kentucky, Duke got a pair of hard-fought wins over Georgetown and VCU in New York City.
5 Villanova4-0
The Wildcats are defending early, having allowed no more than 63 points in any of their first four games.
6 Kansas2-1
The Jayhawks struggled in the second half against Michigan State at the Champions Classic but then drilled host Chaminade to open Maui.
6 Iowa State3-0
The Cyclones have eased into this transition to new coach Steve Prohm. Iowa State has coasted to three wins, the last two by an average of 31 points.
8 Oklahoma2-0
The Sooners were tested in their opener, holding on for a six-point win against Memphis. Buddy Hield is averaging 27.0 PPG so far.
9 North Carolina4-1
The Tar Heels are finding that life without Marcus Paige won't be easy. Missing the injured senior guard, UNC was upset at Northern Iowa.
10 Miami (FL)5-0
Miami made a statement in Puerto Rico, beating ranked opponents Utah and Butler.
11 Gonzaga2-0
Since getting back on U.S. soil after their game against Pitt was called at halftime in Japan, the Zags posted 101 and 91 points in easy wins.
12 Virginia4-1
The Cavaliers were stunned on the road by George Washington. The stingy UVa defense allowed GW to shoot 45.1 percent and go to the line 28 times.
13 Arizona4-0
The Wildcats still can't be touched on their home floor, where they have won 42 straight. It's the nation's longest streak.
14 Purdue5-0
The Boilermakers picked up a tournament win by taking home the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament, beating Florida in the final.
15 California4-0
Cal's freshmen get a lot of attention, but it's senior Tyrone Wallace who is off to a hot start: He is averaging 20.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 5.5 APG.
16 Vanderbilt4-0
OK, that is still a zero sitting in the loss column, but it hasn't been pretty. The Commodores needed overtime, at home, to beat Stony Brook.
17 Connecticut3-0
The Huskies have coasted to three wins, but the schedule picks up. Two of their next three games are against Michigan and Maryland.
18 Wichita St2-1
Not exactly the start the Shockers were hoping for: An early loss to Tulsa, and now Fred VanVleet is out with a hamstring injury.
19 Oregon4-0
Think things revolve around Tyler Dorsey? He leads the Ducks in points (15.2), assists (3.8), field goal percentage (56.2) and 3-point percentage (52.6).
20 Cincinnati4-0
The Bearcats have welcomed back coach Mick Cronin by scoring points -- in bunches. How about 96.3 per game during this 4-0 start.
21 Xavier4-0
Trevon Bluiett leads the Musketeers in scoring, but Monday night against Northern Kentucky, he grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds.
22 Notre Dame3-0
Demetrius Jackson is shooting 60 percent from the field. Sure, it's early, but he's never been better than 50.8 percent.
23 Indiana3-1
Indiana's start at Maui did not go well. The Hoosiers struggled defensively -- again -- and lost in overtime to Wake Forest.
24 Butler3-1
The Bulldogs are fourth in the nation in scoring. But there is the other side: They are 136th in points allowed.
25 George Washington4-0
An upset of Virginia got heads turning to take early notice of the Colonials.

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