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Jim O'Connell | The Associated Press | December 30, 2013

Arizona remains atop AP poll


Arizona and Syracuse lead the same top five teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the fourth consecutive week.

The Wildcats (13-0) saw their lead in first-place votes change for the first time Monday. They received 60 No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel, three less than they got the last three weeks.

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Syracuse (12-0), which beat previously unbeaten Villanova on Saturday, were No. 1 on the other five ballots.

The three Big Ten schools -- Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State -- remained third through fifth.

Oklahoma State moved up one spot to sixth while Duke, Wichita State, Baylor and Oregon all jumped two places to round out the top 10.

Louisville, which lost at Kentucky on Saturday, dropped from sixth to No. 14 while Villanova fell three places to 11th with the loss at Syracuse.

ARIZONA MOVE: Arizona's fourth consecutive week at No. 1 has the Wildcats moving up the all-time list.

Arizona has now been on top of the AP poll 33 times, breaking a tie with UNLV for ninth place on the all-time list.

The Runnin' Rebels were last ranked No. 1 in the 1990-91 season.

Next up on the list for the Wildcats is Ohio State which has been No. 1 37 times, the last in 2010-11.

UCLA is the all-time leader with 134 weeks at No. 1. Then comes Duke (127), North Carolina (111), Kentucky (93), Kansas (57), Indiana (54) and Cincinnati (45).

STILL WINNING: Syracuse's 78-62 win against Villanova on Saturday knocked the Wildcats from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving eight Division I teams without a loss this season.

Seven of those eight are ranked in the top 13 of this week's poll leaving Toledo (12-0) as the only unranked unbeaten. That could change Monday night as the Rockets play at No. 16 Kansas. The Jayhawks have won 67 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.

There are still two Division I teams yet to get a win this season: Cornell (0-12) and Grambling State (0-7).

DOUBLE-RANKED GAMES: You will have to wait until Sunday to see a game between two ranked teams and then there will be three, and two of those will be conference matchups.

No. 21 San Diego State is at No. 16 Kansas in the non-conference game Sunday. No. 22 Iowa is at No. 4 Wisconsin in a Big Ten tilt and No. 10 Oregon visits No. 20 Colorado in a Pac-12 game.

And for a rough start to conference play how about Nebraska? The Cornhuskers open their Big Ten season on Tuesday at No. 22 Iowa and then play at No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday.

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