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Polls: Syracuse takes over top spot; Arizona now No. 2

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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

After a two-month run atop the polls, the expected happened Monday afternoon when Arizona was bumped from the top spot in favor of the still-undefeated Syracuse Orange. Jim Boeheim's team is the unanimous vote-getter for first place this week. It's the first time since 2010-11, when Duke was the unanimous pick, that a team's received all first-place votes.

This is the 15th time Syracuse has earned top billing in the AP poll.

The Wildcats only dropped to No. 2, and that ranking reflects ballots that were submitted prior to the late-Sunday night news bulletin of Arizona losing starting forward Brandon Ashley for the rest of the season.

Connecticut, Virginia and Gonzaga, which received mention in the preseason AP poll, are all back in the rankings this week. The biggest jump in the polls came from Texas, which is up six spots.

AP Poll

  1. Syracuse (65)
  2. Arizona
  3. Florida
  4. Wichita State
  5. San Diego State
  6. Villanova
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Kansas
  9. Michigan State
  10. Michigan
  11. Duke
  12. Creighton
  13. Saint Louis
  14. Louisville
  15. Texas
  16. Iowa State
  17. Iowa
  18. Kentucky
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Virginia
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Connecticut
  23. Gonzaga
  24. Memphis
  25. Pittsburgh

Jumped in: Virginia, Gonzaga, UConn
Dropped out: Wisconsin (14), UMass (21), Ohio State (24)

This will be updated with the Coaches Poll as it becomes available.

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