Duke Replaces Kansas At No. 1 In Men's AP Poll

Duke is No. 1 again after a rare week in which the top four teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll all lost.

The Blue Devils jumped from fifth place. They had been No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first eight weeks of the season. Duke received 35 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Ohio State stays at No. 2 with 10 first-place votes. Kansas drops from No. 1 to third with five first-place votes. Pittsburgh was No. 1 on 12 ballots and stayed fourth. Texas drew one first-place vote and fell two spots to fifth. San Diego State, BYU, Purdue, Notre Dame and Arizona round out the top 10. BYU had two first-place votes.

St. John's is No. 23, its first poll appearance since November 2000.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 20, 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 Pvs
1. Duke (35) 25-2 1,531 5
2. Ohio St. (10) 25-2 1,519 2
3. Kansas (5) 25-2 1,457 1
4. Pittsburgh (12) 24-3 1,452 4
5. Texas (1) 23-4 1,395 3
6. San Diego St. 27-1 1,327 6
7. BYU (2) 25-2 1,261 7
8. Purdue 22-5 1,182 11
9. Notre Dame 21-5 1,036 8
10. Arizona 23-4 942 12
11. Georgetown 21-6 929 9
12. Wisconsin 20-6 921 10
13. Florida 21-5 841 14
14. Connecticut 20-6 768 13
15. Villanova 21-6 697 15
16. Louisville 20-7 593 16
17. Syracuse 22-6 527 17
18. Vanderbilt 20-6 499 18
19. North Carolina 20-6 495 19
20. Missouri 21-6 378 20
21. Texas A&M 21-5 342 21
22. Kentucky 19-7 301 22
23. St. John's 17-9 214 --
24. Temple 21-5 199 23
25. Xavier 20-6 103 24
Others receiving votes: Utah St. 97, George Mason 51, West Virginia 42, Alabama 15, Florida St. 4, UNLV 2, Washington 2, Belmont 1, Harvard 1, UCLA 1.

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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Dave, It's not that I'm a closed minded southerner. It's that it sounds like you would allow illegal immigrants to just come over here and suck up our U.S. tax dollars. Proof that I'm not a closed minded southerner includes the fact that I like much of the north, like D.C., New Jersey, New York City, Massachutssess, Connecticut, and my favorite NFL and MLB teams are out of the north. If it's anything I am, I am a full blooded EASTERNER. I'm a beach dude right on the east coast living the beach life.
  • by lol Location: everywhere on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    oops!!! go hokies....hahahahaha
  • by ellis on Feb 27, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    was not very much about puke being #1 but thats a good thing
  • by Dave Location: Your dreams on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    A Trainer eh? What do you train dogs, circus elephants, or people on how to win a cake eating contest?
  • by Trainer Location: Da zone on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Dave: Careful there buddy. You should be mindful of your brash statements. You may have been USAF but you are not all that. You can't even bench press your body weight.
  • by Dave Location: In the zone on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Buuuuud, WITN has a 1000 character limit for people like you. You don't see me typing 3 paragraphs to get my point across do ya fella? I believe in short and simple. Being from the south, I'm sure you know plenty about simple.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    Longhorn, every school in America is "northern" to Texas! And if you ask me, your attitude suggests you'd fit right in if you moved to New York. Why won't you address the fact that Texas has never won a national championship in basketball, yet you still think they're the greatest overall? Even the U of San Francisco has 2 national championships, what's the hold up for your team? Oh that's right, Kansas is always standing in your way. And Dave! How's life in Greenville? Still hating it? Still hating your degree? Still hiding your diploma from friends/family/public eyes so they don't ask you why you hate ECU so much yet still attended and graduated? Still looking in the mirror everyday knowing you are a Pirate and always will be until they revoke your degree for plagarism/cheating in the near future? It's like if some New Yorker moved to Georgia and went around saying "I'm from Atlanta" but nobody believed him cause he still had that yankee accent. Hate of ECU = hate of self!
  • by Dave Location: 34th floor on Feb 24, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Longhorn, Darren is the typical closed minded southerner. His comments about Texas and California are proof of that. Darren wouldn't last long in either state.
  • by to Cliff on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    DOOOOOOOK STINKS???? if they stink and beat state twice then what does that make state? i already know the answer but just want to hear it from you, thanks
  • by Longhorn Location: NC on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    Darren, oh so you have a problem with Texas and want to bust up and bring Nebraska and Colorado up. They left cause they could'nt hang with the big boys like Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. You want Texas in Mexico, but that's never going to happen. Most of us Texans have no use for the ones to the south of the Rio Grande, and without the magnificent state of Texas the United States would be in much worse shape. Bud, who cares about those northern schools. Northerners know nothing about sports other than hockey and a little bit of football. They barely know anything about baseball. Pennsylvania will never be as good as Texas, and neither will New York. The north (mainly the great lakes) has brought the south down to their level in recent years. The Mason-Dixon line needs to be like the Berlin Wall once was to avoid having to deal with the northerners.

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