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Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orange are No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After the game was over and the column was filed, I settled into a booth with a few friends at Faegan's Pub near the Carrier Dome to grab a late drink and bite to eat. Predictably, the place was full of Syracuse fans in Syracuse gear -- all of whom were celebrating a win over Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils, most of whom were singing along to the same songs I remember hearing in bars when I was in college too many years ago.

(Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk/I didn't mean to call you that.)

Arizona-California was not on any of the televisions.

So nobody was watching it.

But at some point a guy grabbed a microphone and announced that Arizona had just lost to Cal. He then followed that with this: "Cuse is going to be mother-[expletive] No. 1!"

There were loud cheers from everybody.

Because everybody knew he was mother-[expletive] right.

Anyway ...

The Top 25 (and one) updates every morning and also on Sunday nights.

Here's the latest version:

(Click this link to view each team's previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

  1. Syracuse (21-0)
  2. Arizona (21-1)
  3. San Diego State (19-1)
  4. Florida (19-2)
  5. Villanova (19-2)
  6. Wichita State (23-0)
  7. Michigan State (19-3)
  8. Kansas (16-5)
  9. Iowa State (16-4)
  10. Michigan (16-4)
  11. Duke (17-5)
  12. Cincinnati (20-2)
  13. Saint Louis (20-2)
  14. Creighton (18-3)
  15. Texas (17-4)
  16. Iowa (17-5)
  17. Oklahoma (17-5)
  18. Louisville (18-4)
  19. Connecticut (17-4)
  20. Pittsburgh (18-3)
  21. UCLA (17-4)
  22. Oklahoma State (16-5)
  23. Memphis (16-5)
  24. Virginia (16-5)
  25. Kentucky (16-5)
  26. Gonzaga (20-3)
In: Kentucky, Gonzaga
Out: Wisconsin, UMass

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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