Arizona maintains grip on top spot in AP poll

Arizona is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the fifth consecutive week, but for the first time in that span there are changes in the Top 25.

The Wildcats (15-0) was still a runaway No. 1, with Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State remaining the next four teams. Arizona received 60 first-place votes from the national media panel, while Syracuse (14-0) got the other five.

Wichita State was sixth, followed by Baylor, Villanova, Iowa State and Florida.

Duke, which lost at Notre Dame, dropped to No. 16, the first time the Blue Devils are out of the Top 10 since December 2007.

No. 23 Illinois and No. 25 Kansas State moved into the rankings for the first time this season, replacing Connecticut, which had been 17th, and North Carolina, which was 19th.

Team Record   Pts Prv
 1. Arizona (60)    15-0 1620 1
 2. Syracuse (5)    14-0 1550 2
 3. Ohio St.  15-0 1470 3
 4. Wisconsin  15-0 1427 4
 5. Michigan St.    13-1 1378 5
 6. Wichita St.    15-0 1203 8
 7. Baylor    12-1 1169 9
 8. Villanova    13-1 1141 11
 9. Iowa St.  13-0 1076 13
10. Florida    11-2 1052 12
11. Oklahoma St.    12-2 934 6
12. Louisville  13-2 825 14
13. San Diego St.    12-1 823 21
14. Kentucky    10-3 808 15
15. Colorado    13-2 752 20
16. Duke    11-3 745 7
17. Oregon    13-1 715 10
18. Kansas    9-4 367 16
19. UMass    12-1 364 23
20. Iowa    12-3 261 22
21. Missouri    12-1 247 25
22. Gonzaga    14-2 241 24
23. Illinois  13-2 178
24. Memphis  10-3 126 18
25. Kansas St.    11-3 112

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 103, Creighton 82, North Carolina 79, UCLA 79, Pittsburgh 44, Harvard 41, UConn 41, Saint Louis 19, Oklahoma 15, Michigan 11, George Washington 9, SMU 9, Notre Dame 3, Xavier 3, Toledo 2, Arkansas 1.