After consecutive defeats to Villanova last week and Pittsburgh this past Saturday, the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team finds itself on the brink of slipping from a high of #3 to out of the top 25.
In the weekly polls released Monday afternoon, the Orange are ranked 9th in both the Associated Press writers' poll and the USA Today coaches' poll.
SU lost 65-55 to the Panthers on the road on Saturday, dropping their record to 18-3 on the season and 6-2 in the Big East. Coincidentally, all three losses are to teams from the state of Pennsylvania - Temple, 'Nova, and Pitt.
In related news, the SU women's team re-entered the AP top 25 for the first time in two years. The SU women are also 18-3 and 6-2, their best record ever at this point in the season.
For the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. This time it's Indiana.
The Hoosiers, the preseason No. 1 who held the top spot for the first five weeks of the regular season, moved up two places Monday, following their weekend win over No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Kansas' loss to Oklahoma State.
Duke started the current streak of new No. 1s and was followed by Louisville, Duke again, Michigan and Indiana. The last time there were five No. 1s in as many weeks was the last five polls of 2008-09 when it was Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Connecticut again, North Carolina and Louisville.
The Hoosiers received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Florida, which jumped two spots to second, got the other seven.
Michigan fell to third and was followed by Duke, Kansas, Gonzaga, Arizona, Miami, Syracuse and Ohio State.
There were four newcomers to the poll this week: Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, all of whom were ranked at some point this season. They replaced Wichita State and Mississippi, which both lost two games last week and fell from 15th and 16th, North Carolina State, which was No. 6 in the preseason poll and also lost twice last week, and San Diego State.
With the return of Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame the Big East has seven teams ranked in the Top 25, two more than the Big Ten.
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
1. Indiana (58) 20-2 1,615 32. Florida (7) 18-2 1,536 43. Michigan 20-2 1,490 14. Duke 19-2 1,413 55. Kansas 19-2 1,350 26. Gonzaga 21-2 1,249 77. Arizona 19-2 1,248 88. Miami 17-3 1,132 149. Syracuse 18-3 1,091 610. Ohio St. 17-4 1,033 1111. Louisville 18-4 1,018 1212. Michigan St. 18-4 994 1313. Kansas St. 17-4 782 1814. Butler 18-4 774 915. New Mexico 19-3 660 2016. Creighton 20-3 578 2117. Cincinnati 18-4 552 2418. Minnesota 17-5 454 2319. Oregon 18-4 390 1020. Georgetown 16-4 364 -21. Missouri 16-5 245 1722. Oklahoma St. 15-5 235 -23. Pittsburgh 18-5 207 -24. Marquette 15-5 137 2525. Notre Dame 18-4 132 -
Others receiving votes: Mississippi 75, NC State 64, Colorado St. 49, Wichita St. 49, Memphis 44, Wisconsin 28, Saint Mary's (Cal) 27, Louisiana Tech 24, Kentucky 21, San Diego St. 17, UNLV 13, Saint Louis 8, UCLA 8, VCU 8, Akron 4, Virginia 4, UConn 2, Belmont 1.
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(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report)