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Duke pulls close to Indiana in rankings

  |   Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM
MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Duke pulls closer to top-ranked Indiana while Illinois and San Diego State make strong gains Monday in the USA Today's Coaches' basketball poll.

Indiana (8-0) claims 25 of the 31 first-place votes in keeping the No. 1 ranking.

Duke (8-0) has beaten three Top Four teams this season. A win over Ohio State last week pulled two first-place mentions from Indiana to Duke this week.

After Indiana and Duke, Michigan (7-0) is again No. 3 and Louisville (6-1) returns at sixth but the other 21 rated teams have their rankings change this week.

Illinois jumps eight places to 14th and San Diego State goes from 21st to No. 15 in big moves up. Kentucky falls eight spots to 19th while North Carolina State is down six places to 24th and Oklahoma State drops five to 22. Along those lines Colorado, 19th last week, is unranked this week.

Syracuse (5-0) improves one place to fourth behind Michigan and Florida (6-0) moves ahead of Louisville (6-1) at fifth. Ohio State (6-1) drops three places to seventh with Arizona (5-0) and Kansas (6-1) both up one to Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Gonzaga (8-0) moves into 10th.

Missouri (6-1) and Cincinnati (7-0) are both up four places and are ranked 11th and 12th, respectively. Creighton (7-1) comes in at 13th ahead of Illinois (8-0) and San Diego State (5-1).

North Carolina (6-2) is 16th and Michigan State (6-2) 17th after both fall three places. Nevada-Las Vegas (5-1) takes the 18th spot ahead of Kentucky (4-3) and New Mexico (8-0) is voted 20th.

Minnesota (8-1) enters the poll at 21st, with Oklahoma State (5-1) next and Georgetown (5-1) goes up two to 23rd. After North Carolina State (4-2) is another new entrant, Notre Dame (7-1).

In addition to Colorado, UCLA falls from the Top 25 this week.

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