Arizona moves to No. 1 in AP poll; Syracuse No. 2

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Arizona has moved up one spot to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, the Wildcats' first top ranking since 2003.

Arizona (9-0) was a runaway choice at No. 1, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. The Wildcats were sixth in the preseason Top 25, and their climb has been highlighted by wins over San Diego State and Duke.

Syracuse, which got the other first-place votes, and Ohio State moved up two places to second and third, while Wisconsin jumped four spots to fourth. Michigan State, which had been No. 1 for three weeks, dropped to fifth after losing 79-65 at home to North Carolina.

Louisville was No. 6, followed by Oklahoma State, Duke, Connecticut and Villanova.

North Carolina moved back into the poll at No. 18 after a one-week absence. Colorado and Missouri are in the Top 25 for the first time this season. UCLA, Michigan and Dayton fell out of the rankings.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (63) 9-0 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 9-0 1,522
3 Ohio State 8-0 1,453
4 Wisconsin 10-0 1,318
5 Michigan State 7-1 1,311
6 Louisville 8-1 1,262
7 Oklahoma State 8-1 1,160
8 Duke 7-2 1,040
9 Connecticut 9-0 981
10 Villanova 9-0 938
11 Kentucky 7-2 926
12 Wichita State 9-0 884
13 Kansas 6-2 862
14 Baylor 8-1 843
15 Oregon 8-0 831
16 Memphis 6-1 768
17 Iowa State 7-0 606
18 North Carolina 6-2 450
19 Florida 6-2 434
20 Gonzaga 8-1 365
21 Colorado 9-1 330
22 Massachusetts 8-0 326
23 Iowa 9-1 207
24 Missouri 9-0 203
25 San Diego State 7-1 159

Others receiving votes: UCLA 104, New Mexico 62, Pittsburgh 47, Boise State 34, Michigan 26, Virginia Commonwealth 17, Dayton 11, Cincinnati 5, Harvard 5, Saint Mary's 3, Indiana 3, George Washington 2, Creighton 2, Oklahoma 1, Toledo 1

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Michigan 22, Dayton 25


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