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

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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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Gonzaga pulled off what some considered impossible, stopping the Duke juggernaut in the Maui Invitational title game without one of its best players. Now the Zags are No. 1 again.

Third in last week's poll, Gonzaga leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas to the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 released Monday. The Zags received 32 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel, edging the Jayhawks by one.

No. 3 Duke received one first-place vote despite losing to Gonzaga in Maui and No. 4 Virginia the other one after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis title.

No. 5 Nevada has its highest ranking ever after winning the Las Vegas Invitational, with Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Michigan State and Kentucky rounding out the top 10.

Gonzaga (6-0) is missing do-everything forward Killian Tillie for the first two months of the season because of an ankle injury and was a big underdog heading into the Maui title game last week.

Duke (5-1) and its cache of lottery-pick freshmen were an unstoppable force the first four weeks of the season, blowing past then-No. 2 Kentucky in the season opener and winning its first three games in lopsided fashion.

Duke came to Maui undefeated on the Valley Isle, winning five titles in five tries, and opened with two wins to reach the title game.

Gonzaga punched the Blue Devils in the gut early in the championship game and withstood a late charge, relying on its experience to hold off Duke 89-87 to win its second Maui title.

The Zags are No. 1 for the third time, following stints atop the poll in 2016-17, when they reached the national title game, and in 2012-13.

"They're good. I mean they have good basketball players," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They're strong, they're old, they're unselfish and they play their butts off."

Maryland, Texas and Texas Tech are among the teams that joined the party in the top-25 rankings this week. The Terrapins are undefeated through six games this season, with their most recent win coming against Marshall on Friday night. Virginia didn't move from the No. 4 spot since last week, and the same goes for Virginia Tech at No. 13.

COMPLETE AP TOP-25 POLL WEEK 4

1. Gonzaga 6-0 (32 first-place votes, No. 3 last week)

2. Kansas 5-0 (31 first-place votes, no change from last week)

3. Duke 5-1 (1 first-place vote, No. 1 last week)

4. Virginia 6-0 (1 first-place vote, no change from last week)

5. Nevada 6-0 (No. 6 last week)

6. Tennessee 4-1 (No. 5 last week)

7. Michigan 6-0 (No. 9 last week)

8. Auburn 5-1 (No change from last week)

9. Michigan State 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. Kentucky 5-1 (No change from last week)

11. North Carolina 6-1 (No. 7 last week)

12. Kansas State 6-0 (No change from last week)

13. Virginia Tech 5-0 (No change from last week)

14. Iowa 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

15. Florida State 5-1 (No. 14 last week)

16. Ohio State 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

17. Texas 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

18. Oregon 4-1 (No. 21 last week)

19. Purdue 5-1 (No. 24 last week)

20. Texas Tech 6-0 (Not ranked last week)

21. Buffalo 5-0 (No. 22 last week)

22. Wisconsin 5-1 (No. 15 last week)

23. Villanova 5-2 (Not ranked last week)

24. Maryland 6-0 (Not ranked last week)

25. Mississippi State 4-1 (No. 15 last week)

JAYHAWKS JUMPED

Kansas was the preseason No. 1 until Duke blasted Kentucky in the opener and passed the Jayhawks for No. 1.

Kansas (5-0) has done nothing but win since then yet finds itself looking up at Gonzaga. The Jayhawks beat their second top-10 opponent of the season by holding off No. 6 Tennessee in overtime to win the NIT Season Tip-Off title in New York.

WOLF PACK PROWLING

Nevada opened the season with its highest preseason ranking at No. 6. The Wolf Pack (6-0) have lived up to the lofty expectations, rolling over opponents with a deep, experienced roster led by the Martin twins.

Nevada won the Las Vegas Invitational by beating Tulsa by 10 points and UMass by 23 in the title game, moving up a spot for their highest ranking ever.

CHAMPIONS RETURN

Villanova dropped out of the AP Top 25 after losing to Michigan and Furman for the first back-to-back losses under coach Jay Wright in five years.

The defending national champions are back in the poll this week at No. 23 after beating Oklahoma State and No. 15 Florida State to win the AdvoCare Invitational title in Florida.

RISING

Ohio State had the biggest jump in this week's poll, moving up seven spots to No. 16 after rolling over Samford and Cleveland State. Iowa climbed six spots to No. 14 and Purdue was up five to No. 19.

FALLING

No. 25 Mississippi State had the biggest drop among teams still in the poll, losing 10 spots. No. 11 North Carolina lost four sports to drop out of the top 10 following a loss to Texas in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational.

MOVING IN

Texas went from out of the poll all the way up to No. 17 after beating the Tar Heels and playing No. 9 Michigan State close in the tournament's second title game. Texas Tech is in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 20 and Maryland came in at No. 24.

MOVING OUT

TCU had a precipitous drop after losing to Lipscomb at home, receiving eight votes after being No. 18 last week. Clemson dropped out from No. 16, LSU from 19 and UCLA from 17.

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