Syracuse remains No. 1 in men's hoops poll

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Updated: 2/10 5:48 pm

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Syracuse is again a unanimous choice as the top-ranked men's college basketball team in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Orange beat Notre Dame and Clemson last week to remain one of only two undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball. Wichita State is the other.

Syracuse received all 65 first-place votes and 1,625 points from a nationwide media panel to keep the top spot for a second straight week after supplanting Arizona.

The Wildcats kept the second slot, while Florida, Wichita State, San Diego State and Villanova also remained unchanged from last week. Kansas moved up a spot to seventh, followed by Duke, Michigan State and Cincinnati.

Duke rose three spots from 11th, while Cincinnati dipped three places from seventh after having its 15-game winning streak stopped with Saturday's loss at SMU.

The second 10 consists of Iowa State, Saint Louis, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Creighton, Texas and Memphis. Iowa State vaulted five spots from 16th after a pair of wins last week, while Michigan dropped five places from 10th after an 18-point loss at Iowa. Creighton also tumbled six spots after falling at St. John's on Sunday.

Wisconsin, Ohio State, SMU, Connecticut and Pittsburgh are the last five teams ranked. Wisconsin and Ohio State rejoined the poll after a one-week absence, while Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs are ranked for the first time since late in the 1984-85 season.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Gonzaga each dropped out after losses last week.

Oklahoma State had been ranked all season and was as high as fifth in late November, but has lost four in a row and is now dealing with a three-game suspension to leading scorer Marcus Smart after his altercation with a fan on Saturday night at Texas Tech.

This week's ranked matchups include Tuesday's Big Ten tussle between Michigan and Ohio State in Columbus, while Syracuse will put its unblemished mark on the line Wednesday at Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Memphis visits Connecticut and Kentucky hosts Florida, while Sunday's action has Villanova traveling to Creighton and another tough one for Michigan at home against Wisconsin.

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