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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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