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Duke, Notre Dame still lead of basketball polls

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.

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 each rose three spots.

AP Men’s Top 25

Record Pts Prv

  1. Duke (36) 14-1 1558 1

  2. Michigan (9) 17-0 1497 2

  3. Tennessee 14-1 1482 3

  4. Virginia (6) 15-0 1473 4

  5. Gonzaga 16-2 1315 5

  6. Michigan St. 15-2 1292 6

  7. Kansas 14-2 1188 7

  8. Texas Tech 15-1 1157 8

  9. Va. Tech 14-1 1091 9

  10. Nevada 16-1 1015 10

  11. Florida St. 13-3 918 13

  12. Kentucky 12-3 790 18

  13. No. Car, 12-4 678 12

  14. Auburn 12-3 669 11

  15. Marquette 14-3 668 21

  16. Buffalo 15-1 625 19

  17. N.C. State 14-2 586 15

  18. Mississippi 13-2 501 —

  19. Maryland 14-3 412 —

  20. Oklahoma 13-3 394 23

  21. Houston 16-1 387 17

  22. Villanova 13-4 300 —

  23. Iowa 14-3 172 —

  24. Miss. St. 12-3 154 14

  25. Indiana 12-4 116 22

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NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll after beating then-No. 2 Louisville last week.

The Fighting Irish received 23 first-place votes from the 30-member national media panel on Monday. Louisville fell to fourth, swapping places with Baylor, which received six first-place votes. UConn moved into a tie with the Lady Bears for the No. 2 slot. The Huskies got the final first-place vote. The Irish beat Louisville by 14 points and then routed Wake Forest by 30.

Oregon rounded out the first five teams in the poll.

Stanford, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Maryland and Oregon State fill out the top 10.

Rutgers and DePaul entered the AP Top 25 at Nos. 20 and 24 while Florida State and California fell out.

Here are some other tidbits from the poll:

RISING RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights entered the poll at No. 20. Rutgers has won its first five games in the Big Ten — the best start since joining the conference in 2014-15. The team has won eight straight overall. Rutgers faces Purdue and No. 17 Michigan State this week.

FALLING LADY VOLS: Tennessee dropped seven spots this week to No. 20 as the team is riding a three-game losing streak. It’s the first three-game skid for the Lady Vols in 33 years. They fell to Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia by a combined eight points over the last eight days.

LAST OF THE UNBEATENS: N.C. State is the final unbeaten team this season. The Wolfpack (17-0) are 4-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. As of now, they won’t face a ranked team until visiting No. 12 Syracuse on Feb. 13.

SOLID BIG TEN: The Big Ten has six teams in the Top 25 for the first time since the first regular-season poll of 2014-15. Maryland leads the way at No. 9 while Michigan State (17), Rutgers (20), Iowa (22), Minnesota (23) and Indiana (25) give the Big Ten the most ranked teams this week. The ACC, Pac-12 and SEC each have four teams in the poll.

AP Women’s Top 25

Record Pts Prv

  1. Notre Dame 16-1 736 1

  2. Baylor (6) 13-1 706 4

  3. UConn (1) 14-1 706 3

  4. Louisville 15-1 652 2

  5. Oregon 15-1 621 5

  6. Stanford 14-1 615 6

  7. Miss.ippi St. 15-1 571 7

  8. N.C. State 17-0 542 8

  9. Maryland 15-1 505 9

  10. Oregon St. 14-2 482 10

  11. Texas 14-2 452 11

  12. Syracuse 14-2 427 12

  13. Gonzaga 16-1 369 14

  14. Marquette 14-3 352 15

  15. So. Car. 12-4 273 21

  16. Kentucky 15-3 243 16

  17. Mich. St. 12-3 217 23

  18. Iowa St. 13-3 202 20

  19. Arizona St. 12-4 192 19

  20. Rutgers 13-3 163 —

  21. Tennessee 12-4 163 13

  22. Iowa 11-4 146 17

  23. Minnesota 12-3 76 18

  24. DePaul 12-5 57 —

  25. Indiana 15-2 56 25

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