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Duke Falls In Poll, Kentucky Remains #1

Kentucky is on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a third straight week.

The Wildcats, who were also No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, received 63 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 votes, Ohio State, Missouri, North Carolina and Baylor held second through sixth from last week. Kansas moved up one spot to seventh, while Florida jumped four places to eighth. Murray State, the lone unbeaten in Division I, moved one spot to ninth and Duke dropped three places to 10th.

Louisville, winners of four straight, and Harvard, off to the best overall (20-2) and Ivy League (6-0) starts in school history, move back into the rankings at 24th and 25th.

Gonzaga and Vanderbilt fell out from 24th and 25th.

1. Kentucky (63) 23-1 1,623 1
2. Syracuse (2) 23-1 1,553 2
3. Ohio St. 20-3 1,493 3
4. Missouri 21-2 1,415 4
5. North Carolina 20-3 1,352 5
6. Baylor 21-2 1,318 6
7. Kansas 18-5 1,170 8
8. Florida 19-4 1,066 12
9. Murray St. 23-0 1,055 10
10. Duke 19-4 1,037 7
11. Michigan St. 18-5 1,032 9
12. Georgetown 18-4 919 14
13. San Diego St. 20-3 728 17
14. UNLV 21-4 702 11
15. Florida St. 16-6 694 21
16. Saint Mary's (Cal) 22-2 635 18
17. Creighton 21-3 600 13
18. Marquette 19-5 469 15
19. Virginia 18-4 448 16
20. Mississippi St. 18-5 401 22
21. Wisconsin 18-6 384 19
22. Michigan 17-7 253 23
23. Indiana 18-6 227 20
24. Louisville 18-5 112 --
25. Harvard 20-2 105 --
Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Iowa St. 71, Southern Miss. 51, Temple 41, Gonzaga 35, Wichita St. 31, Long Beach St. 6, New Mexico 5, Kansas St. 3, Cleveland St. 2, Iona 2, Vanderbilt 2, BYU 1, Miami 1.


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