Duke out of AP men’s poll for 1st time in over 8 years

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By The Associated Press

For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is not in The Associated Press Top 25.

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The Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five, including two home games. They had been in every men’s poll since the preseason rankings of 2007-08. The record run is UCLA’s 221 straight polls from 1966-80.

Oklahoma is 18-2 and is No. 1 for the third straight week, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. North Carolina is 19-2 and stays second, with 20 No. 1 votes.

Villanova jumps three places to third and is followed in the top 10 by Maryland, Iowa, Xavier, Kansas, Texas A&M, Virginia and Michigan State.

No. 24 Dayton and No. 25 South Carolina are this week’s newcomers, replacing Duke and Notre Dame.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 31, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

RecordPtsPrv
1. Oklahoma (45)    18-2    1,605    1
2. North Carolina (20)    19-2    1,578    2
3. Villanova    18-3    1,384    6
4. Maryland    19-3    1,366    8
5. Iowa    17-4    1,362    3
6. Xavier    19-2    1,344    7
7. Kansas    17-4    1,233    4
8. Texas A&M    18-3    1,169    5
9. Virginia    17-4    1,086    11
10. Michigan St.    19-4    1,018    12
11. Providence    18-4    900    10
12. SMU    19-1    853    13
13. Iowa St.    16-5    851    14
14. West Virginia    17-4    814    9
15. Baylor    17-4    728    17
16. Oregon    18-4    551    23
17. Miami    16-4    537    15
18. Purdue    19-4    511    21
19. Louisville    17-4    478    16
20. Kentucky    16-5    429    20
21. Wichita St.    16-5    323    22
22. Indiana    18-4    270    19
23. Arizona    17-5    245    18
24. Dayton    18-3    168    –
25. South Carolina    19-2    87    –
Others receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (Cal) 63, Southern Cal 40, Utah 33, VCU 33, Michigan 21, Notre Dame 21, Valparaiso 7, Duke 6, Pittsburgh 4, Florida 3, Saint Joseph’s 1, San Diego St. 1, Stony Brook 1, Texas 1.

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