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Duke Moves To No. 1 In AP Poll After Indiana Loss

By The Associated Press

Duke is back in a familiar place -- No. 1

The Blue Devils advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday, drawing closer to UCLA's record for most No. 1 rankings.

Indiana (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason poll through the first five weeks of the season. Butler beat the Hoosiers 88-86 in overtime Saturday. The Blue Devils (9-0), who were off last week, received 62 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

This is the 123rd week Duke has been No. 1, 11 weeks behind UCLA.

Michigan (11-0), which received the other No. 1 votes, and Syracuse moved up one place each to second and third. They were followed in the top 10 by Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
Record Pts Prv
1. Duke (62) 9-0 1,622 2
2. Michigan (3) 11-0 1,543 3
3. Syracuse 9-0 1,465 4
4. Arizona 8-0 1,371 8
5. Louisville 9-1 1,362 6
6. Indiana 9-1 1,321 1
7. Ohio St. 8-1 1,249 7
8. Florida 7-1 1,163 5
9. Kansas 8-1 1,110 9
10. Illinois 12-0 1,044 10
11. Cincinnati 10-0 967 11
12. Missouri 8-1 886 12
13. Minnesota 11-1 730 13
14. Gonzaga 10-1 710 14
15. Georgetown 9-1 579 15
16. New Mexico 11-0 548 17
17. Creighton 10-1 530 16
18. San Diego St. 8-1 493 18
19. Butler 8-2 361 --
20. Michigan St. 9-2 343 19
21. UNLV 8-1 315 20
22. Notre Dame 9-1 291 22
23. North Carolina 8-2 256 21
24. Oklahoma St. 8-1 244 24
25. NC State 7-2 198 25
Others receiving votes: Oregon 176, Pittsburgh 158, Kentucky 41, Wyoming 14, Marquette 8, VCU 7, Wichita St. 6, Murray St. 4, UConn 4, Miami 3, Maryland 2, Bucknell 1.


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