Kentucky, Syracuse top men's hoops poll

2012-03-05 12:23:45

The Wildcats are the top team in the nation for a seventh straight week and for the ninth week overall. They previously had a two-week stay at the top starting in late November.

Kentucky received 63 first-place votes and a total of 1,623 points from a nationwide media panel for the sixth consecutive week.

Syracuse, which preceded Kentucky at the top with a six-week stay, again held firm at No. 2 with the other two first-place votes. Kansas, North Carolina and Missouri round out the top five. North Carolina and Missouri each moved up two spots after Duke's loss to the Tar Heels on Saturday.

Duke tumbled two spots from fourth and is followed by Ohio State, Michigan State, Marquette and Michigan. Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan shared the Big Ten regular-season title after the Buckeyes beat the Spartans on Sunday.

The second 10 consists of OVC champ Murray State, Baylor, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Indiana, Wichita State, Florida State, San Diego State, Creighton and UNLV. Creighton moved up six places from 25th after capturing the Missouri Valley Tournament title.

Temple, Florida, Notre Dame, Gonzaga and Iowa State are the last five teams ranked this week. Gonzaga moved back into the poll, while Iowa State joined the rankings for the first time.

Louisville, which lost twice last week, dropped out from 19th, while Virginia was 24th and fell out after a loss to Florida State.