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College basketball rankings released: SMU jumps into poll, Duke in top 10

Tyler Ennis floats through the air
Tyler Ennis floats through the air
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The AP Poll was released on Monday, and once again, the Syracuse Orange are the number one team in the country. With 23 straight wins to start the season, Syracuse isn’t the talk of this week’s poll either.

The other undefeated team, Wichita State, has won 25 in a row, and they are currently fourth in the country. Still, that’s not the biggest story the second week of February.

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The SMU Mustangs entered the poll for the first time in 29 years. At (19-5), SMU has been dominant at home so their jump into the rankings was expected. They moved all the way to number 23.

The top six teams from last week remained exactly the same. Two top 10 teams dropped in the AP poll. Cincinnati’s loss to SMU dropped them three spots to number 10, while Michigan fell from 10 to 15.

The Duke Blue Devils jumped into the top 10 to number eight.

Conference Breakdown

The ACC has four teams in the top 25, including Virginia (17) and Pittsburgh (25).

The AAC has five teams ranked this week.

The Big East has two teams ranked. Creighton dropped six spots to 18 and Villanova stayed at number six.

The Big 10 has five ranked teams, but none are higher than Michigan St (9).

The Big 12 has three teams ranked in the top 25. Kansas leads the way at number seven.

The SEC (2) and PAC 12 (1) combined for three teams in the AP poll.

Here is the rest of the AP Poll.

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

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