Arizona, Syracuse stay 1-2 in Top 25


Arizona and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for a seventh straight week.

The Wildcats (18-0) are again the runaway No. 1, receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Orange (18-0) got the other No. 1 votes.

Michigan State moved up one place to third while Villanova jumped two spots to fourth. Wichita State, at 19-0 the only other unbeaten in Division I, stayed fifth and was followed by Florida, San Diego State, Kansas, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Kansas has beaten three straight ranked opponents and jumped from 15th to No. 8 -- the biggest increase in this week's poll. The Jayhawks could extend that streak to four as they face No. 24 Baylor, which plummeted from No. 12 for the biggest fall of the week, on Monday night.

Iowa is in the top 10 for the first time since the poll of Jan. 1, 2002, when the Hawkeyes were ranked ninth. Iowa jumped from 14th to 10th following a 94-72 victory over Minnesota on Sunday, its only game of the week.

Michigan, at No. 21, and Kansas State, at 22nd, moved into the poll this week, replacing Creighton, Colorado and UCLA. There was a tie for 25th last week.

The Big 12, with six teams in the Top 25, has the most teams in the rankings, while the Big Ten is second with five.

The Pac-12, meanwhile, is represented by only No. 1 Arizona after Colorado and UCLA tumbled out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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