NCAA Basketball Rankings: Duke, Ohio State, And Kansas Remain Top Teams

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Duke Still On Top, Minnesota Plummets In AP Poll

For the eighth consecutive week, the Duke Blue Devils were voted the No. 1 team in the AP NCAA basketball poll. Coach Mike Krzyzewski seems to have everything going for him as he won his 880th win last week, and his Blue Devils haven't lost since March 23rd last season, another week atop the AP poll is probably just icing on the cake.  For the rest of the top five, Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse and Pittsurgh, will have to wait another week for Duke to slip up and a new team can claim the No. 1 spot, if that will happen at all this season.

Elsewhere in the poll, Temple's stay in the top 25 was very brief as their close loss to a No. 8 Villanova team was not enough to keep them around for another week. Similarly, Louisville was dismissed from the top 25 by No. 12 Kentucky, which has been steadily creeping back up in the polls. The winner for greatest poll tumble this week goes to the Minnesota Golden Gophers though, as they dropped all the way from No. 14 in last week's poll to completely unranked after road losses to Wisconsin and Michigan State, which may be further proof that the only thing more unforgiving than an AP voter is a Big Ten schedule maker.

Moving in to replace these unlucky teams are Washington, Cincinnati and UNLV, at Nos. 23, 24, and 25 respectively.

Full AP rankings below.

Associated Press Top 25
1 Duke
2 Ohio State
3 Kansas
4 Syracuse
5 Pittsburgh
6 San Diego State
7 Villanova
8 Connecticut
9 Missouri
10 Kentucky
11 Purdue
12 Texas
13 Georgetown
14 Notre Dame
15 Brigham Young
16 Texas A&M
17 Kansas State
18 Michigan State
19 UCF
20 Illinois
21 Memphis
22 Vanderbilt
23 Washington
24 Cincinnati
25 UNLV

Others Receiving Votes: Louisville(11-2) 124; Minnesota(11-3) 96; Temple(9-3) 74; Wisconsin(11-3) 55; Baylor(9-3) 50; Florida(10-3) 35; Butler(10-4) 25; Wichita State(11-2) 17; North Carolina(10-4) 9; St. Mary's(12-2) 8; Gonzaga(10-5) 7; Arizona(12-3) 2; Cleveland State(15-1) 2; Florida State(11-3) 2; Georgia(11-2) 1

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Duke, Ohio State, And Kansas Remain Top Teams

There remain four power conference teams with undefeated records, and unsurprisingly those four teams lead the way in the top four spots of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke, Ohio State Kansas and Syracuse have more or less separated themselves from the rest of the pack of college basketball through the first full week of conference play, blowing their opponents out of the water while doing it.

UConn very well could have been among these teams, but slipped to No. 9 after a loss to now No. 6 Pittsburgh, with still four Big East teams left in the top ten expect more cannibalism as they face each other over the course of the season. There is otherwise very little movement across the top 25, as Georgetown falls to No. 13 after a loss to No.15 Notre Dame. Wisconsin falls from the rankings after losing Sunday to No. 20 Illinois, as does Baylor after losing three of their last five games, allowing No. 24 Vanderbilt and No. 25 Cincinnati to move in to fill the void.

The unquestioned winner of the poll is once again the Big East, who boast eight teams in the top 25.

Full Top 25 Rankings Below 

1 Duke
2 Ohio State
3 Kansas
4 Syracuse
5 Pittsburgh
6 San Diego State
7 Villanova
8 Missouri
9 Connecticut
10 Purdue
11 Kentucky
12 Texas
13 Georgetown
14 Brigham Young
15 Notre Dame
16 Texas A&M
17 Kansas State
18 UCF
19 Michigan State
20 Illinois
21 Minnesota
22 Memphis
23 Louisville
24 Vanderbilt
25 Cincinnati

Others Receiving Votes: Baylor(9-3) 50; UNLV(12-2) 50; Washington(10-3) 44; Wisconsin(11-3) 39; Temple(9-3) 26; Wichita State(11-2) 14; St. Mary's(12-2) 13; Gonzaga(10-5) 12; Florida(10-3) 9; Butler(10-4) 6; Old Dominion(9-3) 6; Utah State(13-2) 4; Arizona(12-3) 1; Cleveland State(15-1) 1; North Carolina(10-4) 1

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