New York, NY – Syracuse is again the top team in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll.
The Orange, after double-digit wins over Villanova and Providence last week, again earned 60 first-place votes with a total of 1,619 points from a nationwide media panel to keep the No. 1 ranking for a sixth straight week.
Kentucky is again second and received four first-place votes, one less than last week, while Baylor crept up one spot to third and picked up the final No. 1 tally.
Duke, Missouri, Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State and Georgetown complete this week's top 10. Duke and Missouri each moved up four places, while North Carolina -- after a 33-point loss at Florida State -- tumbled five places from third.
The second 10 consists of Indiana, Murray State, Connecticut, UNLV, Virginia, San Diego State, Florida, Mississippi State, Creighton and Michigan. Indiana dropped four spots from seventh after losses to Minnesota and Ohio State, while Michigan plummeted seven spots from 13th following a 75-59 loss at Iowa. San Diego State moved up six spots from 22nd after its 69-67 win over UNLV, which dropped two places after Saturday's narrow loss.
Marquette, Illinois, Louisville, Saint Mary's and Kansas State are the final five teams ranked. Illinois and Saint Mary's are this week's newcomers. Illinois was ranked for three weeks in December, while Saint Mary's enters the poll for the first time this season on the heels of a seven-game win streak that included last week's 83-62 victory over then-No. 21 Gonzaga.
The loss knocked Gonzaga out of the poll, while Seton Hall also fell out after a one-week stay. The Pirates were 24th and dropped a 56-55 decision at South Florida last Friday.
This week's schedule features only a few top-25 matchups. After Monday's battles between Louisville and Marquette and Kansas and Baylor, there are just two other similar tussles. Michigan State visits Michigan on Tuesday, while Missouri and Baylor will square off Saturday in Waco.