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Polls: Big 12 takes up six spots in latest AP rankings

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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

For the seventh straight week, Arizona is the No. 1-ranked team in college basketball -- and Syracuse is right behind. Arizona is the only team from the Pac-12 with a ranking this week in the Associated Press poll.

New to this week's poll are former appearance-makers from earlier this season, Michigan and Kansas State. The Wolverines are off to a surprising 5-0 start in the Big Ten and get No. 10 Iowa later this week. It's the first time since 2002 that Iowa is ranked in the top 10.

Kansas has three of its past four games against teams in the rankings. And another can come Monday night, as KU hosts Baylor, which had the biggest drop, falling from 12th to 24th. KU's four wins against ranked teams are the most in college hoops this season. All in all, the Big 12 has six teams ranked in the Top 25 of the AP poll.

AP Poll

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

Jumped in: Michigan, Kansas State
Dropped out: UCLA, Colorado, Creighton

Coaches Poll

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

Jumped in: Michigan, Oklahoma, Saint Louis
Dropped out: UCLA, Colorado

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