Dec 31, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Oto Osenieks (10) celebrates a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

College Basketball: Minnesota Enters Top 10 in Latest AP Poll


For the third consecutive week, Duke is the runaway No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

For the first time in 16 years, Minnesota, whose only loss of the season came against Duke at the Battle 4 Atlantis in November, has cracked the Top 10. The Golden Gophers leapfrogged Missouri and Cincinnati to jump from No. 11 to No. 9, marking their first appearance in the Top 10 since the end of season poll in 1996-1997, when the Clem Haskins-led team finished No. 3.

The Tigers sunk from No. 7 to No. 12 following an overtime loss to UCLA in Westwood. The Bearcats, meanwhile, dropped from No. 8 to No. 14 after recording their first loss in a home game against New Mexico, which surged from unranked to No. 20 in the poll. Hours after Cincinnati tumbled in the rankings, the Bearcats put the finishing touches on a signature road win over Pittsburgh in the Big East opener. The Panthers are No. 24 in the newest poll, but figure to fall out of the rankings by this time next week.

Duke (12-0) received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel on Monday while Michigan (No. 2) received the other two. Arizona, one of four remaining unbeatens (joining Duke, Michigan and Wyoming) is third, followed by fourth-ranked Louisville and fifth-ranked Indiana. Kansas (No. 6), Syracuse (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 8) and Gonzaga (No. 10) round out the Top 10.

New Mexico, which won at undefeated Cincinnati, returns to the rankings following a one-week absence. The Lobos replaced UNLV, which dropped out from No. 20 after losing on the road at North Carolina over the weekend.

1 Duke (63) 12-0 1,623
2 Michigan (2) 13-0 1,547
3 Arizona 12-0 1,474
4 Louisville 12-1 1,434
5 Indiana 12-1 1,378
6 Kansas 11-1 1,313
7 Syracuse 11-1 1,197
8 Ohio State 10-2 1,079
9 Minnesota 12-1 978
10 Gonzaga 12-1 946
11 Illinois 13-1 929
12 Missouri 10-2 912
13 Florida 9-2 810
14 Cincinnati 12-1 761
15 Georgetown 10-1 718
16 Creighton 12-1 629
17 Butler 10-2 591
18 Michigan State 11-2 447
19 San Diego State 11-2 437
20 New Mexico 13-1 389
21 Notre Dame 12-1 361
22 Oklahoma State 10-1 333
23 North Carolina State 10-2 270
24 Pittsburgh 12-1 219
25 Kansas State 10-2 149
  • Others receiving votes: UNLV 52, North Carolina 38, Wyoming 28, Temple 21, Virginia Commonwealth 15, Kentucky 13, Wichita State 11, Connecticut 9, UCLA 6, Maryland 5, Oregon 3

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