Dec 23, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Mark Lyons (2) runs towards the net against Miami Hurricanes during the first half of play of the Diamond Head Classic. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

College Basketball: Arizona to No. 3 in AP Poll, Syracuse Slides


Nearly ten years have passed since the last time Arizona sat where it sits today.

The Wildcats are No. 3 in the newest AP Top 25, marking the program’s highest ranking since 2003. Arizona replaced previous placeholder Syracuse, which fell to No. 9 after falling to Temple over the weekend.

Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in the poll. The Blue Devils received 63 of 65 first-place votes while the Wolverines received the other two.

The Blue Devils received all but two of the first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan got the others.

Louisville and Indiana each moved up one place to fourth and fifth, respectively. Kansas, which took down Ohio State in Columbus, jumped from ninth to sixth while Border War rival Missouri, fresh off handing Illinois its first loss in the Braggin’ Rights game, surged from No. 12 to No. 7. The Fighting Illini dropped only two spots from No. 10 to No. 12. Cincinnati moved up from No. 11 to No. 8. Fellow in-state school Ohio State rounds out the Top 10 despite owning two losses.

Pittsburgh and Kansas State (defeated Florida on Saturday) are newcomers to the poll at No. 24 and No. 25, taking the place of New Mexico and North Carolina. Ranked No. 16 last week when they were still without a loss, the Lobos tumbled out of the poll in Week 8 after dropping a home tilt to road-weary South Dakota State. The writers also jettisoned the Tar Heels (No. 23 last week) following their dismal showing in Texas against a Longhorns teams down Myck Kabongo.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (63) 11-0 1,623
2 Michigan (2) 12-0 1,551
3 Arizona 11-0 1,463
4 Louisville 11-1 1,422
5 Indiana 11-1 1,383
6 Kansas 10-1 1,309
7 Missouri 10-1 1,157
8 Cincinnati 12-0 1,144
9 Syracuse 10-1 1,140
10 Ohio State 9-2 965
11 Minnesota 12-1 878
12 Illinois 12-1 875
13 Gonzaga 11-1 824
14 Florida 8-2 772
15 Georgetown 10-1 674
16 Creighton 11-1 589
17 San Diego State 11-1 557
18 Butler 9-2 512
19 Michigan State 11-2 416
20 UNLV 11-1 382
21 Notre Dame 12-1 337
22 Oklahoma State 10-1 318
23 North Carolina State 9-2 264
24 Pittsburgh 12-1 189
25 Kansas State 9-2 152

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