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Maryland's upset win over Indiana pushes Terps into AP top 25 poll

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Maryland's upset win over Indiana pushes Terps into AP top 25 poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Duke remained firmly entrenched at No. 1 for a fourth straight week in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, which was enough to give its Hall of Fame coach another record.

The Blue Devils led an unchanged top 10 in Monday's AP Top 25 and spent their sixth week on top this season. That gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 122nd week at No. 1 in the AP poll, breaking a tie with the late UCLA coach John Wooden for the most in poll history.

Duke had set a program record for most weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll in November, also by passing UCLA.

The Blue Devils stayed at No. 1 after Atlantic Coast Conference road wins at Wake Forest and Florida State, the latter coming on a last-second 3-pointer by freshman Cam Reddish. Duke received 36 of 64 first-place votes entering a week that will see the Blue Devils host No. 4 Virginia in a marquee league matchup between ACC favorites.

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL WEEK 11

1. Duke 14-1 (36 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Michigan 17-0 (9 first-place votes, no change from last week)

3. Tennessee 14-1 (13 first-place votes, no change from last week)

4. Virginia 15-0 (6 first-place votes, no change from last week)

5. Gonzaga 16-2 (No change from last week)

6. Michigan State 15-2 (No change from last week)

7. Kansas 14-2 (No change from last week)

8. Texas Tech 15-1 (No change from last week)

9. Virginia Tech 14-1 (No change from last week)

10. Nevada 16-1 (No change from last week)

11. Florida State 13-3 (No. 13 last week)

12. Kentucky 12-3 (No. 18 last week)

13. North Carolina 12-4 (No. 12 last week)

14. Auburn 12-3 (No. 11 last week)

15. Marquette 14-3 (No. 21 last week)

16. Buffalo 15-1 (No. 19 last week)

17. N.C. State 14-2 (No. 15 last week)

18. Ole Miss 13-2 (Not ranked last week)

19. Maryland 14-2 (Not ranked last week)

20. Oklahoma 13-3 (No. 23 last week)

21. Houston 16-1 (No. 17 last week)

22. Villanova 13-4 (Not ranked last week)

23. Iowa 14-3 (Not ranked last week)

24. Mississippi State 12-3 (No. 14 last week)

25. Indiana 12-4 (No. 22 last week)

Dropped from the rankings: Ohio State (16), Iowa State (20), St. John's (24) and TCU (25)

THE TOP TIER

Behind Duke, second-ranked and unbeaten Michigan earned nine first-place votes, third-ranked Tennessee had 13 and Virginia -- the only other unbeaten team -- had the remaining six. That quartet is significantly ahead of the rest of the field, with the gap between the Cavaliers and No. 5 Gonzaga (158 points) being bigger than that between Duke and Virginia (85 points).

Michigan State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Nevada rounded out the rest of the top 10 for a second straight week.

RISING

The changes started from there after a week that saw 12 of the 15 teams outside the top 10 lose at least once, with five of those losing twice, and combining for 17 losses.

Five teams rose in the new poll, starting with FSU climbing two spots to No. 11 despite the loss to Duke. No. 12 Kentucky was next, joining No. 15 Marquette as the week's biggest climbers by rising six spots.

No. 16 Buffalo and No. 20 Oklahoma (which lost to Texas Tech last week) each rose three spots.

SLIDING

Six teams fell in this week's poll, most notably No. 24 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost to South Carolina and Mississippi last week, then fell 10 spots for the biggest slide among ranked teams in this week's poll.

No. 21 Houston fell four spots after suffering its first loss of the season, which came against Temple. No. 14 Auburn and No. 25 Indiana each fell three spots, No. 17 North Carolina State slid two and No. 13 North Carolina fell one after winning on the road against the Wolfpack, followed by suffering its worst home loss under coach Roy Williams, which came against Louisville.

THE NEWCOMERS

Mississippi had a big week by beating Auburn before its victory over Mississippi State. That was enough to get the Rebels back into the poll at No. 18, the program's first ranking since spending two weeks in the AP Top 25 in January 2013. Pretty good for a team that didn't receive a single vote from the panel only a week earlier.

Three teams -- No. 19 Maryland, No. 22 Villanova and No. 23 Iowa -- returned to the poll after appearances earlier this season.

FALLING OUT

Ohio State (No. 16), Iowa State (No. 20), St. John's (No. 24) and TCU (No. 25) fell out of the rankings after each lost twice last week.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The ACC had a leading six teams in the AP Top 25, followed by the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten, which each tallied five. The Big 12 (three) and the Big East (two) were the only other leagues with multiple ranked teams.

Virginia drops in new AP top 25 poll, while Virginia Tech's stock is on the rise

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Virginia drops in new AP top 25 poll, while Virginia Tech's stock is on the rise

Kansas is back where it started the season.

The preseason No. 1, the Jayhawks are again the top-ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 despite struggling to get past New Mexico State at home. Kansas received 57 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel in the poll released Monday, sliding into the top spot after previous No. 1 Gonzaga lost to Tennessee.

No. 2 Duke moved up a spot and received four first-place votes. No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Gonzaga, No. 5 Michigan and No. 6 Virginia received the other first-place votes.

No. 7 Nevada, Auburn, Michigan State and Florida State rounded out the top 10.

The Jayhawks were the preseason No. 1, but dropped a spot after Duke decimated then-No. 2 Kentucky to open the season.

Gonzaga moved to No. 1 after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational title game, lasting two weeks before losing 76-73 to the Vols Sunday in Phoenix.

Kansas (8-0) kept winning, though needed a big game from Dedric Lawson to beat New Mexico State in Kansas City on Saturday. Lawson, a preseason All-American, had 20 points, including the final 14 for Kansas, and 10 rebounds in the tighter than expected 63-60 victory.

Kansas played without center Udoka Azubuike, but coach Bill Self was not buying any excuses for the struggles.

"We were fortunate tonight," he said. "How in the world we've won these games ... it's one thing to not play well, it's another thing to not play well and not be intellectually into the game and that was certainly the case tonight."

It was good enough to get the Jayhawks past the Aggies -- and move to No. 1.

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL WEEK 6

1. Kansas 8-0 (57 first-place votes, No. 2 last week)

2. Duke 9-1 (4 first-place votes, No. 3 last week)

3. Tennessee 7-1 (1 first-place vote, No. 7 last week)

4. Gonzaga 9-1 (1 first-place vote, No. 1 last week)

5. Michigan 10-0 (1 first-place vote, no change from last week)

6. Virginia 9-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 4 last week)

7. Nevada 10-0 (No. 6 last week)

8. Auburn 8-1 (No change from last week)

9. Michigan State 8-2 (No. 10 last week)

10. Florida State 8-1 (No. 11 last week)

11. Texas Tech 8-0 (No. 13 last week)

12. North Carolina 7-2 (No. 14 last week)

13. Virginia Tech 8-1 (No. 15 last week)

14. Buffalo 9-0 (No. 17 last week)

15. Ohio State 8-1 (No. 19 last week)

16. Wisconsin 8-2 (No. 12 last week)

17. Villanova 8-2 (No. 21 last week)

18. Mississippi State 8-1 (No. 22 last week)

19. Kentucky 7-2 (No. 9 last week)

20. Arizona State 7-1 (No change from last week)

21. Marquette 8-2 (Not ranked last week)

22. Iowa 7-2 (No. 18 last week_

23. Furman 10-0 (No. 25 last week)

24. Houston 8-0 (Not ranked last week)

25. Indiana 8-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Syracuse 7-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Kansas State 6-2 (No. 16 last week)

VOLS RISING

Tennessee picked up its biggest win in four seasons under coach Rick Barnes by knocking off Gonzaga in the Colangelo Classic.

The Vols (7-1) kept their poise and made the biggest plays down the stretch, holding off the Zags 76-73 after Admiral Schofield scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and hit two key 3-pointers.

The victory was Tennessee's first over a No. 1 team since beating Kansas in 2010 and Barnes' first in 31 years as a head coach.

The Vols have their highest AP ranking since hitting No. 1 in 2007-08.

FURMAN HOLDS STEADY

Furman moved into the poll for the first time last week, thanks to a resume that includes wins over 2018 Final Four teams Villanova and Loyola-Chicago.

The Paladins (10-0) moved up two spots in this week's poll to No. 23 after beating Elon and South Carolina Upstate.

Furman plays Charleston Southern on Tuesday and UNC Wilmington Saturday.

TOP 27

This week's poll had a rarity: Three teams tied for the final spot.

Syracuse, Indiana and Kansas State all came in at No. 25 after receiving 118 points. It's the first three-way tie in the AP Top 25 since three teams shared No. 13 in 1991.

The Hoosiers are ranked for the first time since climbing to No. 3 in 2016-17. The Orange moved back into the Top 25 after beating Northeastern and Georgetown.

The Wildcats dropped nine spots from No. 16 after losing to Tulsa.

RISING

Tennessee matched the biggest climb of the week, moving up four spots from No. 7.

No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Villanova and No. 18 Mississippi also moved up four.

FALLING

No. 19 Kentucky had the largest drop this week, losing 10 spots to No. 19 after losing to Seton Hall in overtime. Kansas State was next at nine. Maryland also dropped out of the top 25 after being ranked No. 23 last week.

MOVING IN

In addition to Syracuse and Indiana, No. 21 Marquette and No. 24 Houston each moved into the poll this week.

The Cougars are ranked for the first time since hitting No. 21 last season and the Golden Eagles are back in the poll after dropping out in Week 3.

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Colgate's game-ending FG wrapped James Madison season at 9-4

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Colgate's game-ending FG wrapped James Madison season at 9-4

Earlier this week, rumors spiraled about James Madison University’s head coach, Mike Houston's potential move. He was entertaining an offer from Charlotte, which was later withdrawn due to the school expressing that they need a coach who is completely devoted to the team. 

JMU has been to two of the last three titles games and were looking to make it a third, but were eliminated from the FCS playoffs on Saturday. 

It wasn't so much the Mike Houston coaching rumors proving to be too big of a distraction, but more that Colgate was slightly better in tightly contested matchup.

Junior Chris Puzzi's 38-yard field goal as time expired lifted the eighth-seeded Raiders past James Madison 23-20 and into the national quarterfinals.Colgate (10-1), whose only loss was to FBS Army, will next play either Montana State (8-4) or No. 1 seed North Dakota State (11-0) in the quarterfinals Dec. 7 or 8.

Puzzi also kicked 37- and 23-yard field goals, and his final one was his 15th of the season, a Colgate record. Quarterback Grant Breneman had a touchdown pass and run in the third quarter, while the Raiders defense, top-ranked in the FCS, intercepted James Madison's Ben DiNucci five times, including safety Tyler Castillo with two.

Houston, who last December signed a 10-year contract extension with James Madison through the 2027 season, said his focus was on Colgate this past week even after Charlotte made an offer to him to become the school's new coach. Although the offer was later rescinded, East Carolina also is believed to be heavily interested in Houston, who is 38-6 through three seasons, including the 2016 FCS title, with the Dukes.

In contrast, there was stability at Colgate, where coach Dan Hunt received a five-year contract extension. His team then proceeded to eliminate James Madison in the second round for the second time in four seasons.

The game was tied 20-20 when Colgate stopped punter Harry O'Kelly on a fake at the Raiders' 39 with 2:46 remaining. On Colgate's winning drive, Breneman's 26-yard pass to Owen Rockett was the key play.

DiNucci was taken out for a fourth-quarter series after throwing his fifth interception, but he came back to score on a 7-yard run to tie the game at 20 with 8:22 left. The Dukes rushed for 200 yards, led by DiNucci (76) and Cardon Johnson (66 yards, one touchdown).

 

NBC Sports Washington's Lauren Ross contributed to this Associated Press story.