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                === Duke still No. 1; Syracuse falls to 9th ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports Network)  - Duke  held onto the  top spot in the latest
 men's Associated Press college basketball poll, while Syracuse fell from third
 to ninth after its first loss.
 
 The Blue Devils are a near-unanimous selection, receiving 63 first-place votes
 and a total of 1,623 points from a nationwide media panel.
 
 Michigan, which picked up the remaining two first-place votes, remained in the
 second  slot. Arizona,  Louisville and Indiana all moved up one place to third
 through fifth.
 
 Kansas  jumped three  places to sixth after winning at Ohio State on Saturday.
 Missouri, which took down Illinois on Saturday, moved from 12th to seventh and
 Cincinnati  vaulted  from 11th  to eighth.  Syracuse, which  lost to Temple on
 Saturday, and Ohio State complete the top 10.
 
 The  second 10  consists of Minnesota, Illinois, Gonzaga, Florida, Georgetown,
 Creighton,  San Diego  State, Butler, Michigan State and UNLV. The Gators fell
 from eighth to 14th after falling to Kansas State on Saturday.
 
 Notre  Dame, Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Kansas State
 are the last five teams ranked this week.
 
 Pittsburgh  and  Kansas State are  the newcomers.  They replace New Mexico and
 North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd.
 
 This  week's  schedule features  one ranked  matchup on  Tuesday, as San Diego
 State takes on Arizona in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
 
 
 12/24 14:23:34 ET

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