The top five in the Associated Press' college basketball rankings remained steady, but after that, the Jan. 6 release of the poll included a number of shakeups.
Arizona earned 60 first-place votes after beating Washington State and Washington this weekend — the Wildcats held the former to a McKale Center low 25 points. The second-place Syracuse Orange earned five first-place votes and were followed by a trio of Big Ten schools in the Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans.
It was the San Diego State Aztecs making the biggest leap this week after a monumental victory against the Kansas Jayhawks. Steve Fisher's crew moved from 21st to 13th in the poll. SDSU's win ended KU's 68-game winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse against non-conference opponents. After the loss, Kansas fell from No. 16 to No. 18.
The biggest drop came from the Duke Blue Devils, who fell from No. 7 to No. 16 in this week's poll after losing at Notre Dame. The Oklahoma State Cowboys also fell out of the top-10, moving from sixth to 11th in the rankings following a loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. KSU entered the top-25, as did Illinois.
UConn and North Carolina, which last week were ranked No. 17 and No. 19 respectively, fell out of the top-25.
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- Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 103, Creighton 82, North Carolina 79, UCLA 79, Pittsburgh 44, Connecticut 41, Harvard 41, Saint Louis 19, Oklahoma 15, Michigan 11, George Washington 9, Southern Methodist 9, Xavier 3, Notre Dame 3, Toledo 2, Arkansas 1
- Fell from rankings: Connecticut 17, North Carolina 19