Gophers ranked No. 14 in AP Top 25

After a 4-0 start to the young season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers sit at No. 14 in the AP Top 25 poll released Monday.

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The Gophers, who started the season ranked No. 15, have defeated USC Upstate (92-77), Providence (86-74), Niagara (107-81) and Western Carolina (92-64).

Duke, who recently beat then-No. 2 Michigan State, pulled in 54 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel.

Arizona was the only other team to receive a No. 1 nod, getting 11 first-place votes and taking the Spartans’ place at No. 2. Kansas moved up to third after topping then-No. 7 Kentucky, while Michigan State and Villanova rounded out the top 5.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:

 1. Duke (54)            4-0   1,613   1
 2. Arizona (11)         3-0   1,527   3
 3. Kansas               3-0   1,504   4
 4. Michigan St.         2-1   1,390   2
 5. Villanova            3-0   1,345   5
 6. Wichita St.          2-0   1,321   6
 7. Florida              3-0   1,117   8
 8. Kentucky             3-1   1,104   7
 9. North Carolina       2-0   1,079   9
10. Southern Cal         3-0   1,055  10
11. Miami                3-0     918  11
12. Cincinnati           3-0     893  12
13. Notre Dame           3-0     857  13
14. Minnesota            4-0     754  14
15. Xavier               3-0     750  15
16. Texas A&M            2-0     618  16
17. Gonzaga              3-0     540  17
18. Purdue               4-0     527  19
19. Louisville           2-0     466  18
20. Seton Hall           4-0     370  22
21. Saint Mary's (Cal)   4-0     344  21
22. Baylor               3-0     206  25
23. UCLA                 3-0     191  23
23. West Virginia        2-1     191  24
25. Alabama              3-0     133   -
Others receiving votes: Virginia 93, Texas Tech 81, TCU 36, Northwestern 20, Nevada 19, Providence 11, Maryland 9, 
Michigan 9, Texas 7, Creighton 6, Oklahoma 5, Temple 4, Oregon 4, Arkansas 3, Texas Arlington 2, Rhode Island 1, 
Belmont 1, Stephen F Austin 1.