Arizona still tops in first AP poll of 2014 while Duke drops out of top 10
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) were 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.
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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.
GREAT RUN: The Blue Devils (11-3) dropped from seventh to No. 16 on Monday, following their 79-77 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.
Duke's run started with the fourth poll of 2007-08. The Blue Devils were in the top 10 for 122 consecutive polls, the second-longest such run since the poll started in January 1949.
UCLA has the longest top 10 run, a stretch of 155 polls from the start of the 1966-67 season through January 1976.
Only three schools -- Arizona, Syracuse and Michigan State -- have been in the top 10 in all 10 polls this season.
LEAGUE LOOK: The changes in this week's poll didn't affect conference bragging rights.
The new teams this week -- No. 23 Illinois of the Big Ten and No. 25 Kansas State of the Big 12 -- kept their conferences tied for the most ranked teams -- this week it's five schools instead of four.
Illinois joined fellow Big Ten schools Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa in the rankings while Kansas State joined Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Kansas of the Big 12.
The Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference are next with three schools each.
The American Athletic Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference had Connecticut and North Carolina, respectively, drop out of the Top 25 and both have two schools still ranked.
BEATING BEST: San Diego State's 61-57 victory at then-No. 16 Kansas on Sunday was the Aztecs' third win this season over a ranked team, tying them with North Carolina for the most in 2013-14.
San Diego State hit the Big East hard, also beating then-No. 20 Creighton and then-No. 25 Marquette.
North Carolina, which dropped out of the poll this week, has wins over then-No. 3 Louisville, then-No. 1 Michigan State and then-No. 11 Kentucky.