Arizona tops AP basketball poll for fifth straight week

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NEW YORK — Arizona is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the fifth straight week, with Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State remaining the next four teams.

Duke, which lost at Notre Dame, dropped to No. 16, the first time the Blue Devils are out of the Top 10 since December 2007.

No. 23 Illinois and No. 25 Kansas State moved into the rankings for the first time this season replacing Connecticut, which had been 17th, and North Carolina, which was 19th.

In the women’s poll, Connecticut remained No. 1 and was followed by Notre Dame, Duke, Stanford and Louisville.

N.C. State, Indiana and San Diego all entered the Top 25 for the first time this season. It’s been nearly seven years since the Wolfpack were ranked, 21 years for the Hoosiers and the first time for the Toreros. North Carolina State entered at 20th, Indiana was 22nd and San Diego 24th.

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