Syracuse, 1 of 4 unbeatens, still No. 1

Jan. 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Syracuse remains one vote short of a unanimous No. 1 ranking and an 0-2 week dropped Louisville six places in the USA Today/ESPN coaches basketball poll.

Syracuse (15-0) again earned 30 of the 31 first-place votes, with the other going to Kentucky (13-1), which goes from No. 3 to second this week. Duke (12-1) sits in third and North Carolina (13-2) is fourth.

Big 12 rivals Baylor and Missouri are both 13-0 and up two spots to fifth and sixth, respectively. They are two of the four remaining undefeated teams, joining Syracuse and No. 18 Murray State (14-0).

Ohio State (13-2) goes from second to seventh, with Connecticut (12-1) and Georgetown (12-1) in eighth and ninth and Louisville (12-2) falls from fourth to 10th.

Michigan State (13-2) jumps from 17th to No. 11 and Indiana (13-1), which lost to the Spartans, goes up three places to 12th. Michigan (12-2), another Big 10 member, is 13th with Florida (11-4) down from 10th to 14th and Kansas (10-3) in at No. 15.

Mississippi State (13-2) is 16th ahead of Nevada Las Vegas (15-2) and Murray State. Wisconsin (12-3) slides eight places to 19th and Marquette is down seventh to No. 20.

Harvard (12-1) takes the No. 21 spot with Kansas State (11-1) at No. 22 going into a week in which the Wildcats play Kansas and Missouri. Virginia (12-1) is 23rd and Creighton (11-2) No. 24. San Diego State (12-2), at 25th, is the lone new entry to the poll this week. Pittsburgh, which was 0-2 last week, drops out of the rankings.

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