Indiana stays No. 1; Duke, Miami fall in at 2-3 in latest AP poll
Posted February 11, 2013
Despite losing this week, Indiana maintained their No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll by a narrow margin over Duke.
The Hoosiers (21-3) claimed 26 first place votes and edged Duke (21-2) by a mere 44 points. Indiana lost at Illinois before rebounding to beat Ohio State. The Blue Devils won both of their games last week, although they were challenged Sunday at Boston College.
Miami (19-3) earned 17 first-place votes and climbed five spots to No. 3. The Hurricanes are a perfect 10-0 in ACC play this season and have defeated both Duke and UNC by at least 25 points.
Rounding out the top 5 is Michigan (31-3), who fell one spot following a loss at Wisconsin over the weekend, and Gonzaga (23-2), who jumped up a spot and garnered two first-place votes.
Florida (19-3) dropped five spots from No. 2 to No. 7 after suffering a, 11-point loss at Arkansas. Syracuse won a pair of games easily on the week and climbed three spots to No. 6.
Michigan State (20-4), Arizona (20-3) and Kansas State (19-4) complete the rest of the top 10.
Kansas (19-4) suffered the biggest fall in the poll as they lost twice and dropped nine spots from No. 5 to No. 14. Pittsburgh (20-5) received the biggest hike as they climbed seven spots to No. 16.
Newcomers to this week’s poll are Wisconsin (17-7), Memphis (20-3), Colorado State (19-4) and Kentucky (17-6). They replace Creighton, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Missouri.
North Carolina State received 24 votes and Virginia received four.
In the USA Today poll released Monday, Duke checked in at No. 1 with Indiana No. 2. Gonzaga was No. 3 and Miami No. 4.