Arizona, Syracuse still 1-2


Arizona and Syracuse remain Nos. 1 and 2 in The Associated Press poll for a sixth straight week, but wholesale changes took place after that, as six newcomers joined the Top 25 on Monday.

The Wildcats (17-0) received 61 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel, and the Orange (16-0) got the others.

Syracuse, which is seeking its third 17-0 start in four seasons, visits Boston College on Monday night.

After 11 ranked teams lost at least one game, the changes started at No. 3, where Wisconsin moved up one spot to replace Ohio State, which lost two games and fell to 11th.

Michigan State was fourth, and  Wichita State, Villanova, Florida, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State rounded out the top 10.

It's the Aztecs' first appearance in the top 10 since the final 13 weeks of the 2010-11 season, when they were ranked as high as No. 4 during that stretch.

Duke plummeted seven spots to No. 23 this week and will try to avoid losing its third ACC game in four starts when it hosts  Virginia (3-0 ACC) on Monday night.

The Blue Devils are dangerously close to falling out of the rankings, where they've been a mainstay -- having spent 519 of the past 570 weeks in the Top 25 since 1982.

No. 19 Cincinnati, No. 20 Creighton, No. 22 Pittsburgh, No. 24 Saint Louis, and Oklahoma and UCLA, which tied for 25th, all moved into the rankings this week, replacing Oregon, Missouri, Gonzaga, Illinois and Kansas State.

The Sooners are in the Top 25 for the first time since the start of the 2009-10 season. The Ducks, which were ranked as high as No. 10 this season, fell out of the poll as their losing streak reached three games.

There have been 40 teams ranked this season, just four off the total for all of last season. The record for teams ranked in a season is 53, set in 2009-10.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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