Duke Back To No. 1: Associated Press Top 25 College Basketball Poll WK 8

Duke is back to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll Week 8 Monday. Duke moved up from No. 2. Kansas, last week’s top-ranked is down to No. 5 after losing to then-No. 18 Arizona State last week.

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MIAMI, FL – Duke moved back to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday, after Kansas suffered defeat at Arizona State.

The Blues Devils held the top-ranked spot earlier this season, following a crushing victory over Kentucky in its season opener, but fell down the order with a loss to Gonzaga two weeks later.

On Monday, Duke (11-1), which showed a level of toughness in a 69-58 victory over No. 12 Texas Tech last week, received 35 of 64 first-place votes from the panel.

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Michigan received nine first-place votes and moved up to No. 2, Tennessee collected 12 votes for first-place to inch up to third, while the last four votes for first-place went to No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas, which held the top spot last week.

The Jayhawks fell four places after losing for the first time this season to then-No. 18 Arizona State in Temple.

Completing the top 10 were Nevada, which held firm at No. 6, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

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Despite losing to Duke at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, Texas Tech moved up one spot to No. 11, with Auburn dropping five spots to No. 12. Ohio State at No. 13, North Carolina and Wisconsin rounded out the top 15.

The next five are No. 16 Kentucky, Arizona State, Marquette, Mississippi State and NC State.

Closing out the top 25 are Buffalo, which dropped seven spots to No. 21, Houston, Indiana, Iowa and Oklahoma.

Dropped from rankings this week were Furman (24) and Nebraska (25).

Associated Press Top 25 Rankings

Men’s College Basketball Rankings – Week 8

1 Duke (35) 11-1 1529
2 Michigan (9) 12-0 1472
3 Tennessee (12) 10-1 1471
4 Virginia Virginia (4) 11-0 1427
5 Kansas (4) 10-1 1386
6 Nevada 12-0 1316
7 Gonzaga 11-2 1199
8 Michigan State 10-2 1146
9 Florida State 11-1 1061
10 Virginia Tech 10-1 924
11 Texas Tech 10-1 845
12 Auburn 10-2 770
13 Ohio State 11-1 737
14 North Carolina 8-3 678
15 Wisconsin Wisconsin 10-2 673
16 Kentucky 9-2 664
17 Arizona State 9-2 626
18 Marquette 10-2 538
19 Mississippi State 11-1 518
20 NC State 11-1 292
21 Buffalo Buffalo 11-1 279
22 Houston Houston 12-0 274
23 Indiana Indiana 11-2 247
24 Iowa Iowa 10-2 178
25 Oklahoma Oklahoma 11-1 163

Dropped from rankings: Furman 24, Nebraska 25
Others receiving votes: Nebraska 160, Kansas State 69, St. John’s 67, Villanova 44, Iowa State 11, Cincinnati 11, TCU 6, Seton Hall 5, Louisville 4, Purdue 3, Furman 2, Belmont 2, San Francisco 1, Pennsylvania 1, NJIT 1

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