Nov 24, 2012; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS;Duke Blue Devils forward Ryan Kelly (34) celebrates scoring with guard Quinn Cook (2) against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis Championship in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

College Basketball: Duke Almost Unanimous No. 1 in Latest AP Poll


Duke is on top of the AP Poll for the 123rd week in program history, trailing only UCLA (134 weeks) in time spent at No. 1. The Blue Devils took the post from Indiana, which had sat atop the rankings for the first six weeks before falling to Butler on Saturday in overtime. The Hoosiers dropped five spots to No. 6.

Michigan checks in at No. 2, receiving 3 of the 65 first-place votes (the other 62 went to Duke). Syracuse moved up one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 while Arizona, fresh off a thrilling comeback win over fifth-ranked Florida in Tuscon last weekend, leaped from No. 8 to No. 4. The Gators, meanwhile, missed a golden opportunity to snag a signature non-conference win on the road and climb the Top 25 hierarchy. They fell to No. 8.

Louisville is No. 5 after rallying to beat Memphis on the road. Ohio State (No. 7), Kansas (No. 9) and Illinois (No. 10) round out the poll. Five of the ten teams in the Top 10 now own one loss.

The poll holds steady from No. 11 to No. 15, with the next movement coming at No. 16 and No. 17, where New Mexico (now No. 16) and Creighton (now No. 17) swapped places. Previously unranked Butler surged into the poll for the first time this year following the team’s scintillating win over top-ranked Indiana. The Bulldogs sit at No. 19 and represent the week’s only newcomer in the poll.

Wichita State is the lone school to drop out of the rankings, losing last week to Tennessee in Knoxville. Oregon and Pittsburgh are knocking on the doorstep of the poll and are in line to become the next two entrants once a currently ranked team drops out.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (62) 9-0 1,622
2 Michigan (3) 11-0 1,543
3 Syracuse 9-0 1,465
4 Arizona 8-0 1,371
5 Louisville 9-1 1,362
6 Indiana 9-1 1,321
7 Ohio State 8-1 1,249
8 Florida 7-1 1,163
9 Kansas 8-1 1,110
10 Illinois 12-0 1,044
11 Cincinnati 10-0 967
12 Missouri 8-1 886
13 Minnesota 11-1 730
14 Gonzaga 10-1 710
15 Georgetown 9-1 579
16 New Mexico 11-0 548
17 Creighton 10-1 530
18 San Diego State 8-1 493
19 Butler 8-2 361
20 Michigan State 9-2 343
21 UNLV 8-1 315
22 Notre Dame 9-1 291
23 North Carolina 8-2 256
24 Oklahoma State 8-1 244
25 North Carolina State 7-2 198

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