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  • Illinois guard Brandon Paul dunks during his team's upset of No. 8 Ohio State Saturday in Champaign. After a loss to unranked Purdue and the big upset over the Buckeyes, the Illini are now ranked No. 12 in the country by The Associated Press.

      Illinois guard Brandon Paul dunks during his team's upset of No. 8 Ohio State Saturday in Champaign. After a loss to unranked Purdue and the big upset over the Buckeyes, the Illini are now ranked No. 12 in the country by The Associated Press.
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Unbeaten Duke and Michigan hold the top two spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the fourth straight week while the Fighting Illini defeated a Top 10 team and dropped a notch.

Duke received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel, with Michigan getting the other three. Louisville overtook unbeaten Arizona to be ranked third.

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Illini dropped a game to unranked Purdue before defeating No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday. The Illini fell one spot to No. 12 in the AP poll. The USA Today/ESPN poll has Illinois at No. 13, just behind Missouri and ahead of Ohio State.

AP Top 25

Here are the Top 25 men's college basketball teams. First-place votes in parentheses, followed by records.

1. Duke (62), 14-0

2. Michigan (3), 15-0

3. Louisville, 13-1

4. Arizona, 14-0

5. Indiana, 13-1

6. Kansas, 12-1

7. Syracuse, 14-1

8. Minnesota, 14-1

9. Gonzaga, 15-1

10. Missouri, 11-2

11. Florida, 10-2

12. Illinois, 14-2

13. Creighton, 14-1

14. Butler, 12-2

15. Ohio St., 11-3

16. San Diego St., 12-2

17. Notre Dame, 13-1

18. Kansas St., 12-2

19. Georgetown, 10-2

20. NC State, 12-2

21. Cincinnati, 13-2

22. Michigan St., 12-3

23. Wichita St., 14-1

24. UNLV, 13-2

25. New Mexico, 13-2

Others receiving votes: VCU 94, Wyoming 87, Oklahoma St. 64, Marquette 41, UCLA 41, Maryland 29, Kentucky 27, Temple 13, Oregon 11, North Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men's college basketball poll:

1. Duke (30), 14-0

2. Michigan (1), 15-0

3. Arizona, 14-0

4. Louisville, 13-1

5. Indiana, 13-1

6. Kansas, 12-1

7. Syracuse, 14-1

8. Gonzaga, 15

9. Florida, 10-2

10. Minnesota, 14-1

11. Creighton, 14-1

12. Missouri, 11-2

13. Illinois, 14-2

14. Ohio State, 11-3

15. San Diego State, 12-2

16. Notre Dame, 13-1

17. Butler, 12-2

18. Michigan State, 12-3

19. UNLV, 13-2

20. Cincinnati, 13-2

21. N.C. State, 12-2

22. Georgetown, 10-2

23. Kansas State, 12-2

24. VCU, 12-3

25. Wyoming, 13-0

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 48, Wichita State 47, Kentucky 43, Oklahoma State 34, Maryland 10, Pittsburgh 7, North Carolina 5, Marquette 3, UCLA 3, Colorado State 2, Saint Mary's 2, Arizona State 1, Temple 1, Utah State 1, Virginia 1.

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