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Arizona, Syracuse stay 1-2 in Top 25

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Arizona and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for a seventh straight week.

The Wildcats (18-0) are again the runaway No. 1, receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Orange (18-0) got the other No. 1 votes.

Michigan State moved up one place to third while Villanova jumped two spots to fourth. Wichita State, at 19-0 the only other unbeaten in Division I, stayed fifth and was followed by Florida, San Diego State, Kansas, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Kansas has beaten three straight ranked opponents and jumped from 15th to No. 8 -- the biggest increase in this week's poll. The Jayhawks could extend that streak to four as they face No. 24 Baylor, which plummeted from No. 12 for the biggest fall of the week, on Monday night.

Iowa is in the top 10 for the first time since the poll of Jan. 1, 2002, when the Hawkeyes were ranked ninth. Iowa jumped from 14th to 10th following a 94-72 victory over Minnesota on Sunday, its only game of the week.

Michigan, at No. 21, and Kansas State, at 22nd, moved into the poll this week, replacing Creighton, Colorado and UCLA. There was a tie for 25th last week.

The Big 12, with six teams in the Top 25, has the most teams in the rankings, while the Big Ten is second with five.

The Pac-12, meanwhile, is represented by only No. 1 Arizona after Colorado and UCLA tumbled out.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (61) 18-0 1,621
2 Syracuse (4) 18-0 1,559
3 Michigan State 17-1 1,497
4 Villanova 16-1 1,377
5 Wichita State 19-0 1,368
6 Florida 15-2 1,303
7 San Diego State 16-1 1,211
8 Kansas 13-4 1,117
9 Wisconsin 16-2 1,074
10 Iowa 15-3 1,041
11 Oklahoma State 15-3 971
12 Louisville 16-3 804
13 Massachusetts 16-1 781
14 Kentucky 13-4 769
15 Cincinnati 17-2 736
16 Iowa State 14-3 644
17 Ohio State 15-3 549
18 Duke 14-4 447
19 Saint Louis 17-2 421
20 Pittsburgh 16-2 419
21 Michigan 13-4 362
22 Kansas State 14-4 221
23 Memphis 13-4 201
24 Baylor 13-4 170
25 Oklahoma 14-4 111

Others receiving votes: Creighton 98, Connecticut 62, Gonzaga 59, California 44, Colorado 26, UCLA 23, Harvard 12, George Washington 8, Missouri 6, Texas 5, Xavier 4, Southern Methodist 2, Virginia 1, New Mexico 1

Dropped from rankings: Creighton 20, Colorado 21, UCLA 25


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