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Published: Monday, 1/5/2009

Pittsburgh is No. 1 for first time in college basketball


Pittsburgh is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time.

The Panthers (14-0) moved from third into the top spot Monday, ending North Carolina s season-long run as a unanimous No. 1. The Panthers received all but two first-place votes from the 72-member national media panel.

Pitt is one of a record nine Big East teams in the Top 25.

Duke (12-1) moved up three spots to No. 2, followed by North Carolina (13-1), which lost 85-78 to Boston College on Sunday. The Tar Heels received the other first-place votes.

Wake Forest was fourth followed by Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan State, Georgetown and UCLA.

The Big East had eight ranked teams for three weeks earlier this season. Marquette returned this week and West Virginia moved in for the first time to give the 16-team league nine schools in the poll.

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