NCAA Basketball Rankings: Syracuse Claims Top Spot In Both Polls

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: The Syracuse Orange celebrate after defeating the Stanford Cardinal to win the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2011 in New York City. Syracuse defeated Stanford 69-63. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Thanks to losses by both Kentucky and Ohio State, the Syracuse Orange are the new No. 1 team in the country.

Thanks in large part to weekend losses by Kentucky and Ohio State, Syracuse is the third No. 1 team of the young college basketball season. The Orange earned 28 of the 30 possible first place votes in the USA Today/ESPN Poll, and 51 of the 65 first-place votes cast in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. They join the Wildcats and preseason No. 1 North Carolina as squads who have graced the tops of both polls.

Kentucky, which had held the top spot in both polls for the past two weeks, fell to No. 3 in each set of rankings after losing to Indiana at the buzzer on Saturday. Ohio State, which played without star Jared Sullinger in a loss to Kansas, held strong at No. 2 in both polls. The AP rounded out its top five with Louisville and North Carolina, while the coaches kept the Cards at No. 4 but placed Duke at No. 5, one spot ahead of the Tar Heels.

Indiana made its first appearance in either poll since 2008, debuting at No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coahes'. Undefeated Murray State was another notable newcomer in the AP top 25, checking in at No. 24. The Racers were not ranked by the coaches.

Here are your full polls:

The Associated Press Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Syracuse (51) 10-0 1607 3
2 Ohio State (7) 8-1 1478 2
3 Kentucky (4) 8-1 1468 1
4 Louisville (2) 9-0 1374 5
5 North Carolina (1) 8-2 1373 4
6 Baylor 7-0 1284 6
7 Duke 9-1 1273 7
8 Xavier 8-0 1122 8
9 Connecticut 8-1 1087 9
10 Missouri 9-0 1030 10
11 Marquette 9-0 988 11
12 Kansas 7-2 945 13
13 Florida 7-2 891 12
14 Wisconsin 8-2 728 14
15 Pittsburgh 9-1 696 15
16 Georgetown 8-1 602 18
17 Mississippi State 9-1 574 17
18 Indiana 9-0 462 39
19 Illinois 10-0 375 24
20 Michigan 7-2 354 20
21 Michigan State 8-2 310 28
22 Texas A&M 8-1 270 22
23 Alabama 8-2 204 16
24 Murray State 10-0 93 40
25 Creighton 7-1 88 19
25 Vanderbilt 6-3 88 27
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 73, San Diego State 59, Virginia 57, UNLV 41, Stanford 39, Saint Louis 26, Gonzaga 25, Memphis 13, Cleveland State 7, Northern Iowa 7, Arizona 5, California 3, Long Beach State 3, Northwestern 2, Wichita State 1

Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Syracuse (28) 10-0 746 3
2 Ohio State (2) 8-1 671 2
3 Kentucky 8-1 665 1
4 Louisville 9-0 658 4
5 Duke 9-1 618 5
6 North Carolina 8-2 608 6
7 Baylor 7-0 539 7
8 Missouri 9-0 512 10
9 Xavier 8-0 503 8
10 Connecticut 8-1 485 9
11 Marquette 9-0 466 11
12 Kansas 7-2 441 13
13 Florida 7-2 418 12
14 Pittsburgh 9-1 356 14
15 Wisconsin 8-2 317 16
16 Mississippi State 9-1 251 18
17 Georgetown 8-1 246 21
18 Michigan 7-2 185 19
19 Illinois 10-0 182 22
20 Indiana 9-0 171 31
21 Alabama 8-2 143 15
22 Texas A&M 8-1 108 25
23 Michigan State 8-2 107 30
24 Creighton 7-1 54 17
25 Vanderbilt 6-3 51 27
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 43, Murray State 42, California 29, Memphis 27, San Diego State 26, Purdue 14, Gonzaga 13, Virginia 12, Saint Louis9, UNLV 9, Saint Mary's 5, Stanford 5, St. Joseph's 5, Oklahoma 4, Northern Iowa 3, Northwestern 3

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