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Arizona, Syracuse 1-2 in AP poll for 7th straight week; Michigan, Kansas State back in Top 25

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    Syracuse Trevor Cooney, left, Jerami Grant, center, and Pittsburgh’s Talib Zanna battle for a loose ball late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Syracuse won 59-54. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

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    Syracuse’s head coach Jim Boeheim, left, talks with Rakeem Christmas late in the second half of Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.

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    Syracuse fans cheer while waving cutouts of Syracuse players Tyler Ennis, left, and C.J. Fair, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Syracuse won 59-54. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

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Syracuse’s head coach Jim Boeheim, left, talks with Rakeem Christmas late in the second half of Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.

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Arizona and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for a seventh straight week.

The Wildcats (18-0) are again the runaway No. 1, receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Orange (18-0) got the other No. 1 votes.

Michigan State moved up one place to third while Villanova jumped two spots to fourth. Wichita State, at 19-0 the only other unbeaten in Division I, stayed fifth and was followed by Florida, San Diego State, Kansas, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Kansas has beaten three straight ranked opponents and jumped from 15th to No. 8.

Michigan, at No. 21, and Kansas State, at 22nd, moved into the poll this week, replacing Creighton, Colorado and UCLA. There was a tie for 25th last week.

1. Arizona (61);18-0

2. Syracuse (4);18-0

3. Michigan St.;17-1

4. Villanova;16-1

5. Wichita St.;19-0

6. Florida;15-2

7. San Diego St.;16-1

8. Kansas;13-4

9. Wisconsin;16-2

10. Iowa;15-3

11. Oklahoma St.;15-3

12. Louisville;16-3

13. UMass;16-1

14. Kentucky;13-4

15. Cincinnati;17-2

16. Iowa St.;14-3

17. Ohio St.;15-3

18. Duke;14-4

19. Saint Louis;17-2

20. Pittsburgh;16-2

21. Michigan;13-4

22. Kansas St.;14-4

23. Memphis;13-4

24. Baylor;13-4

25. Oklahoma;14-4

Others receiving votes: Creighton 98, UConn 62, Gonzaga 59, California 44, Colorado 26, UCLA 23, Harvard 12, George Washington 8, Missouri 6, Texas 5, Xavier 4, SMU 2, New Mexico 1, Virginia 1.

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