Indiana Stays No. 1 in AP Basketball Poll as Duke Rises to No. 2

Indiana University, which lost to Illinois before beating then-No. 10 Ohio State yesterday, held on to its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press poll of men’s college basketball teams.

It was the first time in six weeks that a school retained the top ranking and comes after a weekend in which four of the five highest-ranked teams lost at least one game.

The Hoosiers received 26 first-place votes and 1,559 points from a nationwide media panel, just ahead of Duke, which received 20 first-place votes and 1,515 points.

The Blue Devils, who were No. 1 twice earlier this season, were the only top-five team to avoid a loss. Duke beat Boston College 62-61 to move up two spots to No. 2 in the poll. No. 3 is the the University of Miami, which beat Duke last month in Coral Gables, Florida, and is undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Michigan, which lost an overtime game at Wisconsin Saturday, fell one place to fourth, while Gonzaga moved up one spot from sixth to complete the top five.

Syracuse, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas State complete the top 10. They are followed by Butler, Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Marquette, New Mexico and Wisconsin.

Notre Dame, Memphis, Oregon, Colorado State and Kentucky complete the poll.

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