Arizona, Syracuse remain 1-2 in men’s hoops poll

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Updated: December 16, 2013

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Arizona and Syracuse each had narrow road
wins this past weekend and remained the top two teams in the latest Associated
Press men’s college basketball poll.

Arizona escaped Ann Arbor with a 72-70 win over Michigan on Saturday and kept
its hold at the top with 63 first-place votes and 1,623 points from a
nationwide media panel for the second consecutive week.

Syracuse needed a late surge to top former Big East rival St. John’s at
Madison Square Garden on Sunday and again picked up the remaining two No. 1
votes to remain second in the poll.

Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Duke,
Villanova and Connecticut round out this week’s top 10. Villanova rose two
spots and tied Duke for eighth.

The second 10 consists of Wichita State, Baylor, Oregon, North Carolina,
Memphis, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky and Colorado. Kentucky, the
preseason No. 1, tumbled eight spots from 11th after Saturday’s 82-77 loss at
North Carolina, which moved up four places from 18th. Kansas dipped five spots
from 13th after a 67-61 loss at Florida, which moved up three places from
19th.

Gonzaga, Massachusetts, Missouri, San Diego State and Iowa are the last five
teams ranked. Iowa fell two spots from 23rd after Friday’s 85-82 loss at Iowa
State.

There are no newcomers this week.

This week’s matchups of ranked teams feature a Madison Square Garden battle
between Florida and Memphis on Tuesday and Saturday’s tussle between Oklahoma
State and Colorado in Las Vegas.