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No. 1 Arizona among seven unbeatens in Top 25

Dec. 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM   |   Comments

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Arizona still rules the USA Today coaches' basketball poll, with Syracuse and Ohio State in second and third.

The final poll of 2013 lists seven undefeated teams. In addition to Arizona, Syracuse and Ohio State, Wisconsin, Wichita State, Oregon and Iowa State are also without a loss this season.

For the third consecutive week, Arizona (13-0) pulls in 30 of the 32 first-place votes and was listed second on the other two. Syracuse (12-0) received one first-place mention as the No. 2 team and the other again goes to third-ranked Ohio State (13-0).

Louisville sees the biggest drop this week, going from fourth to No. 10. Villanova, which fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday with a loss at Syracuse, is off three places to 14th this week. Kentucky, up two to 16th, has the week's biggest gain.

Michigan State (11-1) moves up to fourth with Wisconsin (13-0) close behind at No. 5. Oklahoma State (11-1) takes over the sixth spot and Wichita State (13-0) is seventh. Duke (10-2) goes to eighth with Oregon (12-0) at No. 9 and Louisville (11-2) completing the Top 10.

Baylor (10-1) is voted 11th, narrowly ahead of Big 12 rival Iowa State (11-0). Florida (10-2) is No. 13 and Villanova (11-1) settles in at 14th while Connecticut (11-1) remains in the No. 15 place.

Kentucky (10-3) improves to 16th, passing No. 17 Kansas (8-3) and 18th-ranked Memphis (9-2). North Carolina (9-3) and San Diego State (1-1) tie for the 19th spot.

Gonzaga (11-2) still finds itself 21st followed by, in order, Massachusetts (11-1), Iowa (11-2), Colorado (11-2) and Missouri (11-1).

There are a trio of games Sunday pitting ranked teams against each other. Iowa heads to Wisconsin for a key early Big Ten battle while Oregon visits Colorado in a Pac-12 matchup and San Diego State travels to Kansas.

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