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Duke still No. 1; Syracuse falls to 9th

2:20 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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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.

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