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Duke Moves To No. 1 In AP Poll After Indiana Loss; UK Still Unranked

Posted: Dec 17, 2012 1:45 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2012 2:16 PM

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Duke is back in a familiar place - No. 1. And UK remains in an unfamiliar place - on the outside looking in.

The Blue Devils advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday, drawing closer to UCLA's record for most No. 1 rankings.

Kentucky remained three spots out of the rankings after a win against Lipscomb Saturday afternoon with 41 votes, well behind No. 25 North Carolina State, which had 198 votes.

In the USA Today Coaches poll, UK dropped from 22nd to 23rd this week

Indiana (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason AP poll through the first five weeks of the season. Butler beat the Hoosiers 88-86 in overtime Saturday. The Blue Devils (9-0), who were off last week, received 62 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

This is the 123rd week Duke has been No. 1, 11 weeks behind UCLA.

Michigan (11-0), which received the other No. 1 votes, and Syracuse moved up one place each to second and third. They were followed in the top 10 by Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois.

The AP top 25, as released Monday, December 17:

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

Others receiving votes: Oregon 176, Pittsburgh 158, Kentucky 41, Wyoming 14, Marquette 8, Virginia Commonwealth 7, Wichita State 6, Connecticut 4, Murray State 4, Miami (FL) 3, Maryland 2, Bucknell 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll:

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (30) 9-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 11-0 743
3 Syracuse 9-0 695
4 Louisville 9-1 640
5 Arizona 8-0 632
6 Indiana 9-1 627
7 Ohio State 8-1 595
8 Kansas 8-1 552
9 Florida 7-1 532
10 Illinois 12-0 482
11 Cincinnati 10-0 460
12 Missouri 8-1 451
13 Creighton 10-1 351
14 Gonzaga 10-1 339
15 San Diego State 8-1 296
16 Minnesota 11-1 273
17 New Mexico 11-0 219
18 UNLV 8-1 216
19 North Carolina 8-2 187
19 Michigan State 9-2 187
21 Georgetown 9-1 180
22 Notre Dame 9-1 125
23 Kentucky 7-3 98
24 Oklahoma State 8-1 94
25 Butler 8-2 89

Others receiving votes: North Carolina State 84, Pittsburgh 74, Oregon 45, Virginia Commonwealth 11, Wyoming 8, Connecticut 6, Wichita State 5, Murray State 3, Oklahoma 2.

Associated Press Wire Services Contributed To This Report.

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