Polls: Duke still ranked, six new teams into the AP poll

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

More on college basketball rankings: Poll Attacks | Parrish's Top 25 (and one)

The top of the poll remains as it's been for six weeks strong: Arizona and Syracuse No. 1 and 2. But below, we're seeing the most swapping in the rankings this season. Six new teams are involved, and five dropped out (Oklahoma and UCLA are tied at No. 25 this week).

Despite losing two of its past three and having more losses (four) at this point in a season than in any year since 1996, Duke is still ranked. That's been the case every week for Duke since the end of the 2007 regular season.

Eleven ranked teams in all lost a game last week, and no team dropped further within the polls than Ohio State, which fell from third to 11th. Despite losing at home to Iowa, the two-loss Buckeyes are still two spots ahead of the three-loss Hawkeyes.

The biggest jumps in this week's AP poll came from a pair of American Athletic Conference teams: Memphis and Cincinnati each leaped seven spots. The Tigers beat Louisville and Temple on the road last week, while the Bearcats won over Houston and Rutgers.

AP Poll

  1. Arizona (61)
  2. Syracuse (4)
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Michigan State
  5. Wichita State
  6. Villanova
  7. Florida
  8. Iowa State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. San Diego State
  11. Ohio State
  12. Baylor
  13. Kentucky
  14. Iowa
  15. Kansas
  16. UMass
  17. Memphis
  18. Louisville
  19. Cincinnati
  20. Creighton
  21. Colorado
  22. Pittsburgh
  23. Duke
  24. Saint Louis
  25. Oklahoma and UCLA (tie)

Jumped in: Cincinnati, Creighton, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Oklahoma, UCLA
Dropped out: Oregon, Missouri, Gonzaga, Illinois, Kansas State

  1. Arizona (30)
  2. Syracuse (1)
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Michigan State (1)
  5. Wichita State
  6. Villanova
  7. Florida
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Ohio State
  10. Iowa State
  11. San Diego State
  12. Kentucky
  13. Baylor
  14. Louisville
  15. UMass
  16. Iowa
  17. Memphis
  18. Kansas
  19. Creighton
  20. Duke
  21. Pittsburgh
  22. Colorado
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Gonzaga
  25. UCLA

Jumped in: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
Dropped out: Oregon (13), Missouri (21)

 
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