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Posted on: Monday, March 1, 2010

CBKB: Syracuse No. 1 for first time in 20 years


JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 28, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Syracuse (59) 27-2 1,618 4

2. Kansas (6) 27-2 1,550 1

3. Kentucky 27-2 1,493 2

4. Duke 25-4 1,415 5

5. Kansas St. 24-4 1,377 6

6. Ohio St. 23-7 1,232 9

7. Purdue 24-4 1,169 3

8. New Mexico 27-3 1,151 10

9. Villanova 23-5 1,143 7

10. West Virginia 22-6 1,024 8

11. Michigan St. 22-7 960 14

12. Butler 26-4 762 15

13. Vanderbilt 22-6 741 16

14. BYU 26-4 633 13

15. Wisconsin 21-7 625 17

16. Tennessee 21-7 615 19

17. Pittsburgh 22-7 612 12

18. Gonzaga 24-5 554 18

19. Georgetown 19-8 548 11

20. Temple 24-5 547 20

21. Baylor 22-6 393 24

22. Maryland 21-7 249

23. Texas A&M 20-8 210 22

24. UTEP 22-5 124

25. Xavier 21-7 101

Others receiving votes: Texas 94, Richmond 44, N. Iowa 32, Oklahoma St. 24, Marquette 21, Missouri 13, Illinois 10, Utah St. 9, Virginia Tech 8, Mississippi St. 7, UAB 6, Cornell 5, Louisville 4, Notre Dame 1, Old Dominion 1.

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Syracuse is No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25, taking advantage of a weekend when the poll's top three teams lost.

The Orange were the runaway top pick Monday, receiving 59 first-place votes from the national media panel to make the jump from fourth. This is their first time on top since a six-week run during the 1989-90 season.

Kansas, which had the other six first-place votes, dropped to second following its loss at Oklahoma State. Kentucky, which has the same 27-2 record as the two teams above it, dropped one place after losing at Tennessee.

Duke was fourth followed by Kansas State, Ohio State and Purdue, which fell from third to seventh after losing to Michigan State.

Texas, which was No. 1 for two weeks in January, fell out of the Top 25 after losing for the seventh time in 12 games.