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      Georgetown loss sends Syracuse down to 12th in hoops polls


      After suffering a defeat at the hands of their hated rival over the weekend, the Syracuse Orange also had insult added to injury as they dropped out of the top ten in the latest college basketball polls released Monday.


      SU slid from 8th to 12th in the Associated Press poll after their 57-46 loss to Georgetown on Saturday. Not coincidentally, the Hoyas leapfrogged the Orange and moved up from 11th to 7th.


      The Orange are also ranked 12th in the USA Today coaches poll.


      Syracuse travels to #22 Marquette for an ESPN Big Monday matchup tonight. The Orange and Golden Eagles are tied for third in the Big East at 10-4 (SU is 22-5 overall, Marquette 19-7). Tip time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.



      Elsewhere, Indiana is number 1 in the AP top 25 for the fourth straight week, while Gonzaga moved to #2 for the first time in school history.



      While the West Coast Bulldogs made some news at the top of the poll Monday, Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs from Down South, moved into the rankings for the first time since a 13-week run in 1984-85, their only appearance in the poll.



      Louisiana Tech, which is 25th this week, was led back then to a ranking as high as No. 7 by a forward named Karl Malone. Gonzaga at that time had a point guard named John Stockton.


      The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 24, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:


      Record Pts Prv


      1. Indiana (64) 24-3 1,624 1

      2. Gonzaga (1) 27-2 1,530 3

      3. Duke 24-3 1,461 6

      4. Michigan 23-4 1,411 7

      5. Miami 22-4 1,317 2

      6. Kansas 23-4 1,272 9

      7. Georgetown 21-4 1,236 11

      8. Florida 22-4 1,164 5

      9. Michigan St. 22-6 1,105 4

      10. Louisville 22-5 1,047 10

      11. Arizona 23-4 998 12
      12. Syracuse 22-5 915 8

      13. Kansas St. 22-5 875 13

      14. New Mexico 23-4 764 16

      15. Oklahoma St. 20-6 692 14

      16. Ohio St. 20-7 675 18

      17. Wisconsin 19-8 558 19

      18. Saint Louis 21-5 495 -

      19. Memphis 24-3 453 21

      20. Butler 22-6 351 15

      21. Notre Dame 22-6 328 25

      22. Marquette 19-7 317 17

      23. Pittsburgh 21-7 158 20

      24. Oregon 22-6 61 23

      25. Louisiana Tech 24-3 54 -


      Others receiving votes: Colorado St. 49, VCU 45, Akron 43, Wichita St. 35, Saint Mary's (Cal) 24, Illinois 19, UConn 18, UNLV 13, North Carolina 8, California 5, Middle Tennessee 2, Belmont 1, Missouri 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.


      (Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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