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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Duke Unanimous No. 1 Once Again In AP Top 25 Poll

Last week, the Duke Blue Devils received all but one first-place vote from the AP writers, with the lone hold out choosing Ohio State as the top team in the land. Apparently Duke's 26-point win over Elon was enough to convince him otherwise because the Blue Devils are the unanimous No.1 once again in the newest AP Top 25 Poll.

Ohio State remains No. 2, with Kansas, Connecticut and Syracuse rounding out the top-five. 

Pittsburgh, Villanova and Georgetown are not far behind, meaning the Big East still claims a full half of the top 10. Given that this is the last pre-conference poll of the season, the Big East is going to have a very strong RPI for all of its member schools, meaning we may yet again see a glut of Big East teams in our brackets come March.

As for the rest of the poll, the SEC lost two teams from the poll in a struggling Florida and a free falling Tennessee, but gain Vanderbilt at No. 24. Louisville steps in at No. 22, and Temple squeaks in at No. 25.

The Big Ten can still claim five teams in the top 25, but preseason conference favorites Michigan State and Illinois have fallen to No. 20 and 23, respectively.

The complete Associated Press Top 25:

  1. Duke (65)
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. San Diego State
  8. Villanova
  9. Georgetown
  10. Missouri
  11. Kentucky
  12. Purdue
  13. Texas
  14. Minnesota
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Brigham Young
  17. Kansas State
  18. Texas A&M
  19. UCF
  20. Michigan State
  21. Memphis
  22. Louisville
  23. Illinois
  24. Vanderbilt
  25. Temple
Others Receiving Votes: UNLV(11-2) 106; Baylor(8-3) 95; Wisconsin(10-2) 84; Cincinnati(12-0) 80; Washington(8-3) 73; West Virginia(8-2) 52; Florida(9-3) 35; Arizona(11-2) 27; Tennessee(8-3) 27; Butler(9-4) 23; Boston College(10-2) 17; Wichita State(9-2) 17; Florida State(11-3) 6; North Carolina(8-4) 6; Oklahoma State(11-1) 6; Old Dominion(9-2) 6; St. Mary's(10-2) 5; Gonzaga(7-5) 4; Northwestern(9-1) 4; Washington State(10-2) 4; Cleveland State(13-1) 1; Southern California(8-5) 1