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Duke Remains Atop Basketball Poll; Syracuse Drops To #9

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Mason Plumlee, Duke (Lance King/Getty Images)

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By The Associated Press

Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.

The Blue Devils received all but two of the first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan got the others.

Arizona, Louisville and Indiana all moved up one place to third through fifth. Kansas, which won at Ohio State, moved from ninth to sixth.

Missouri, which beat Illinois, jumped from 12th to seventh.

Cincinnati advanced from 11th to eighth. Syracuse, which lost to Temple, and Ohio State complete the top 10.

Pittsburgh and Kansas State are the newcomers to the poll at 24th and 25th. They replace New Mexico and North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd after losses to South Dakota State and Texas.

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

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