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College basketball rankings released: Arizona, Syracuse lead AP poll

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On Monday, the Associated Press voted the Arizona Wildcats number one for the third consecutive week. The PAC 12’s best team received 63 of the 65 first place votes this week. Arizona has a (12-0) record and they play Northern Arizona on Monday night.

According to CBSsportsline.com, the voters in the AP poll lack imagination. For the third straight week the top 25 remains the same. With another light week of basketball until Saturday, there shouldn’t be too many major changes in next week’s poll.

The Syracuse Orange received the other two first place votes and they are number two in the nation.

The next three teams all hail from the Big 10. Ohio State survived Notre Dame with a miraculous comeback in the final minute. Wisconsin and Michigan State round out the top five as Christmas approaches. The Spartans are the highest ranked team with a loss.

Defending champion, Louisville comes in at number six. The Cardinals get to face arch rival Kentucky on Saturday.

Duke is the only team is the only team in the top 10 to drop after winning. The Blue Devils dropped one spot to number nine behind undefeated Villanova.

Wichita State rounds out the top 10.

Here is the entire AP Poll.

1. Arizona (63)
2. Syracuse (2)
3.Ohio State
4. Wisconsin
5. Michigan State
6. Louisville
7. Oklahoma State
8. Villanova
9. Duke
10. Wichita State
11. Baylor
12. Oregon
13. Florida
14. Iowa State
15. Connecticut
16. Kansas
17. Memphis
18. Kentucky
19. North Carolina
20. San Diego State
21. Colorado
22. Iowa
23. UMass
24. Gonzaga
25. Missouri

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