Posted: Dec 31, 2012 3:04 PM by Associated Press
NEW YORK CITY (AP) -- For the third straight week Duke is the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25, and for the first time in 16 years Minnesota is in the top 10.
The Blue Devils (12-0) received all but two first-place votes from the 65-member media panel on Monday. Michigan (13-0) was No. 1 on two ballots for the second straight week. The next five teams - Michigan, Arizona, Louisville, Indiana and Kansas - held their places from last week. Syracuse, Ohio State, Minnesota and Gonzaga rounded out the top 10. Minnesota is in the top 10 for the first time since it was third in the final poll of 1996-97.
The Missouri Tigers fell from the top 10 to No. 12 in this week's poll, following their overtime loss to UCLA on Friday. Illinois, who the Tigers beat in the Braggin' Rights game, comes in at No. 11 while SEC opponent Florida sits just behind the Tigers at No. 13.
New Mexico, which won at undefeated Cincinnati, returns to the rankings at No. 20 after being out for one week. The Lobos replace UNLV, which dropped out from 20th after losing at North Carolina.