Syracuse is new No. 1 in AP poll
FEB 03, 2014 12:15p ET
Syracuse (21-0) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel Monday, making the Orange the first unanimous No. 1 since Duke was for six weeks in 2010-11.
''We're happy to be No. 1,'' coach Jim Boeheim said Monday, hours before the Orange met Notre Dame. ''Obviously, it's taken a lot of hard work. It's an honor. We'll try to keep playing well.''
Syracuse, off to the best start in school history, is on top of the poll for the first time since a six-week run in 2011-12.
This is the 15th week all-time Syracuse has been No. 1.
Syracuse is the fourth team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season. Kentucky was on top for the preseason poll and one in the regular season while Michigan State was No. 1 for three weeks and Arizona, which lost to California hours after Syracuse beat Duke, for the last eight.
Arizona (21-1) and Syracuse, which were 1-2 for the last eight weeks, switched spots this week.
Duke, which also won at Pittsburgh last week, was 11th, a jump of six spots from last week's poll.
The Duke-Syracuse game drew a Carrier Dome-record crowd of 35,446 and it was a record for wins between competing coaches with Boeheim at 941 with the victory and Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time leader with 973.
Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78 and Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to lead the Orange in the first meeting between the schools as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The teams meet again in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 22 which means a crowd of about 26,000 fewer people, but it could be just as good a game.
''We don't want to just settle on that one,'' Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said after the Duke game. ''We want to keep moving and keep winning and keep playing well.''