Michigan Claims Top Spot in AP Basketball Poll

By The Associated Press

Michigan is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time since its Fab Five days 20 years ago.

For the second straight week the No. 1 team lost. This time it was Duke, which was routed 90-63 by Miami in the third-worst defeat by a top-ranked team.

Michigan received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, 38 more than Kansas, which moved up one spot. They are the only one-loss teams in the poll.

The Wolverines advanced from No. 2 to take the No. 1 spot for the fourth time. They were there for 10 weeks in 1964-65, eight weeks in 1976-77 and three weeks at the start of 1992-93, the Fab Five's second season together.

That season, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson made it to the national championship game for the second straight year.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 27, 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. Michigan (51) 19-1 1,611 2
2. Kansas (13) 18-1 1,572 3
3. Indiana 18-2 1,457 7
4. Florida (1) 16-2 1,420 8
5. Duke 17-2 1,328 1
6. Syracuse 18-2 1,322 3
7. Gonzaga 19-2 1,177 10
8. Arizona 17-2 1,160 6
9. Butler 17-3 1,023 9
10. Oregon 18-2 969 16
11. Ohio St. 15-4 945 14
12. Louisville 16-4 905 5
13. Michigan St. 17-4 897 13
14. Miami 15-3 894 25
15. Wichita St. 19-2 621 20
16. Mississippi 17-2 473 23
17. Missouri 15-4 464 22
18. Kansas St. 15-4 463 11
19. NC State 16-4 431 18
20. New Mexico 17-3 333 15
21. Creighton 18-3 312 17
22. San Diego St. 16-4 302 --
23. Minnesota 15-5 281 12
24. Cincinnati 16-4 220 21
25. Marquette 14-4 216 --

Others receiving votes: Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34, Arizona St. 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova 6, Baylor 5, Iowa St. 4, Memphis 4, VCU 4, La Salle 3, Saint Mary's (Cal) 2, Colorado St. 1


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