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Duke still atop AP Top 25 Poll; Pitt, K-State enter ranks

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Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon drives to the hoop in a home game against Elon.

(AP) -- Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.

The Blue Devils received all but two of the first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan got the others.

Arizona, Louisville and Indiana all moved up one place to third through fifth. Kansas, which won at Ohio State, moved from ninth to sixth. Missouri, which beat Illinois, jumped from 12th to seventh. Cincinnati advanced from 11th to eighth. Syracuse, which lost to Temple, and Ohio State complete the top 10.

Pittsburgh and Kansas State are the newcomers to the poll at 24th and 25th. They replace New Mexico and North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd after losses to South Dakota State and Texas.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

1. Duke (63) 11-0, 1,623, 1

2. Michigan (2) 12-0, 1,551, 2

3. Arizona 11-0, 1,463, 4

4. Louisville 11-1, 1,422, 5

5. Indiana 11-1, 1,383, 6

6. Kansas 10-1, 1,309, 9

7. Missouri 10-1, 1,157, 12

8. Cincinnati 12-0, 1,144, 11

9. Syracuse 10-1, 1,140, 3

10. Ohio St. 9-2, 965, 7

11. Minnesota 12-1, 878, 13

12. Illinois 12-1, 875, 10

13. Gonzaga 11-1, 824, 14

14. Florida 8-2, 772, 8

15. Georgetown 10-1, 674, 15

16. Creighton 11-1, 589, 17

17. San Diego St. 11-1, 557, 18

18. Butler 9-2, 512, 19

19. Michigan St. 11-2, 416, 20

20. UNLV 1-1, 382, 21

21. Notre Dame 12-1, 337, 22

22. Oklahoma St. 10-1, 318, 24

23. NC State 9-2, 264, 25

24. Pittsburgh 12-1, 189 -

25. Kansas St. 9-2, 152 -

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 66, Kentucky 37, Temple 36, Wyoming 28, North Carolina 16, VCU 16, Wichita St. 11, Maryland 7, Oregon 6, UConn 6.

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