Illini drop to 12th, 15th

Illini drop to 12th, 15th

Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.

Illinois, which lost its first game of the season to then-No. 12 Missouri on Saturday in St. Louis, is 12th. The Illini were 10th last week. The Tiges moved up to No. 7 this week.

Illinois dropped from 10th to 15th in the coaches' poll released Monday.

The Blue Devils received all but two of the first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan got the others.

Arizona, Louisville and Indiana all moved up one place to third through fifth. Kansas, which won at Ohio State, moved from ninth to sixth. Missouri, which beat Illinois, jumped from 12th to seventh. Cincinnati advanced from 11th to eighth. Syracuse, which lost to Temple, and Ohio State complete the top 10.

Pittsburgh and Bruce Weber's Kansas State team are the newcomers to the poll at 24th and 25th. They replace New Mexico and North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd after losses to South Dakota State and Texas.

The complete AP poll:

Record Pts Prv

1. Duke (63) 11-0 1,623 1

2. Michigan (2) 12-0 1,551 2

3. Arizona 11-0 1,463 4

4. Louisville 11-1 1,422 5

5. Indiana 11-1 1,383 6

6. Kansas 10-1 1,309 9

7. Missouri 10-1 1,157 12

8. Cincinnati 12-0 1,144 11

9. Syracuse 10-1 1,140 3

10. Ohio St. 9-2 965 7

11. Minnesota 12-1 878 13

12. Illinois 12-1 875 10

13. Gonzaga 11-1 824 14

14. Florida 8-2 772 8

15. Georgetown 10-1 674 15

16. Creighton 11-1 589 17

17. San Diego St. 11-1 557 18

18. Butler 9-2 512 19

19. Michigan St. 11-2 416 20

20. UNLV 11-1 382 21

21. Notre Dame 12-1 337 22

22. Oklahoma St. 10-1 318 24

23. NC State 9-2 264 25

24. Pittsburgh 12-1 189 

25. Kansas St. 9-2 152 

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 66, Kentucky 37, Temple 36, Wyoming 28, North Carolina 16, VCU 16, Wichita St. 11, Maryland 7, Oregon 6, UConn 6.

Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43u6jr6

 How The News-Gazette's Marcus Jackson voted this week:

1. Duke

2. Michigan

3. Louisville

4. Arizona

5. Indiana

6. Kansas

7. Missouri

8. Syracuse

9. Cincinnati

10. Minnesota

11. Ohio State

12. Georgetown

13. UNLV

14. Illinois

15. Gonzaga

16. Florida

17. San Diego State

18. Pittsburgh

19. Butler

20. Oklahoma State

21. Notre Dame

22. Creighton

23. North Carolina State

24. Michigan State

25. New Mexico

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 23, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Duke (30) 11-0 774 1

2. Michigan (1) 12-0 745 2

3. Louisville 11-1 682 4

3. Arizona 11-0 682 5

5. Indiana 11-1 648 6

6. Kansas 10-1 642 8

7. Syracuse 10-1 559 3

8. Cincinnati 12-0 543 11

9. Missouri 10-1 537 12

10. Ohio State 9-2 480 7

11. Florida 8-2 406 9

12. Creighton 11-1 395 13

13. Gonzaga 11-1 391 14

14. Minnesota 12-1 345 16

15. Illinois 12-1 330 10

16. San Diego State 11-1 327 15

17. UNLV 11-1 240 18

18. Georgetown 10-1 217 21

19. Michigan State 11-2 207 19

20. Notre Dame 12-1 181 22

21. Butler 9-2 136 25

22. Oklahoma State 10-1 129 24

23. Kentucky 8-3 108 23

24. Pittsburgh 12-1 97 

25. N.C. State 9-2 87 

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 62, North Carolina 34, Kansas State 22, VCU 22, Wyoming 20, UConn 6, Oregon 6, Temple 5, Colorado 3, Maryland 3, Wichita State 3, Colorado State 1.

 

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