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Huskies Drop Out Of Top 25 In Weekly Poll

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UConn Huskies 1-29-12 (Elsa/Getty Images Sport)

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By The Associated Press

Kentucky starts it second straight week– and fourth this season — as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.

The Wildcats were again a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on
Monday.

Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 votes, and Ohio State both moved up one place to second and third. Missouri, which had been No. 2, dropped to fourth after its loss to Oklahoma State.

North Carolina, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and undefeated Murray State round out the top 10. The Racers, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I, cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history.

Gonzaga and Vanderbilt return to the rankings at 24th and 25th. The Bulldogs, who have won 12 of 13, were out the last two weeks, while the Commodores, winners of 10 of 11, were out the last six.

Kansas State dropped out from 22nd after a four-week run, while Connecticut, which has lost three straight and five of seven, fell from 24th. Connecticut had been ranked for the last 28 polls, the sixth-longest current streak. The longest current run is Duke at 90 consecutive polls, a streak that started with the preseason poll of 2007-08.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

The Top Twenty Five,  By The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:
Record   Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (63)         21-1  1,623   1
2. Syracuse (2)          22-1  1,550   3
3. Ohio St.              19-3  1,498   4
4. Missouri              19-2  1,363   2
5. North Carolina        18-3  1,331   7
6. Baylor                19-2  1,310   6
7. Duke                  18-3  1,250   8
8. Kansas                17-4  1,178   5
9. Michigan St.          17-4  1,098  10
10. Murray St.            21-0    979  11
11. UNLV                  20-3    936  12
12. Florida               17-4    861  14
13. Creighton             20-2    803  15
14. Georgetown            16-4    762   9
15. Marquette             18-4    682  17
16. Virginia              17-3    578  19
17. San Diego St.         18-3    566  13
18. Saint Mary’s (Cal)    21-2    472  21
19. Wisconsin             17-5    415  25
20. Indiana               17-5    395  16
21. Florida St.           14-6    375  23
22. Mississippi St.       17-5    329  18
23. Michigan              16-6    305  20
24. Gonzaga               17-3    141   _
25. Vanderbilt            16-5    102   _
Others receiving votes: Harvard 69, Louisville 65, Kansas St. 40, West Virginia 12, Wichita St. 9, Nevada 6, Notre Dame 6, Southern Miss. 5, Iowa St. 3, Long Beach St. 3, Iona 2, UConn 2, Illinois 1.
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Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43u6jr6

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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