Syracuse falls to 9th; Duke still No. 1
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December 24, 2012
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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.
After tumbling out of the top five, Syracuse hopes to rebound from its 83-79 loss at Madison Square Garden to the Owls when the Orange host Alcorn State on Saturday.
Arizona will face a tough test in its first game as the No. 3 team in the country. The Wildcats will face No. 17 San Diego State on Christmas night in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The Aztecs haven't lost to a Pac-12 team since December 2009.
Pittsburgh and Kansas State are the newcomers to the poll at 24th and 25th, respectively. They replace New Mexico and North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd after losses to South Dakota State and Texas.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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