Once again, it's all Duke.
The Blue Devils received every first-place vote from the national media panel Monday to remain No. 1 in The AP men's college basketball poll.
Kansas (15-2), which was No. 1 the week Duke wasn't on top, moved from fourth to second following wins over Oklahoma State and Oklahoma last week. Maryland (14-3), which rebounded from the loss to Duke with a win over Clemson, stayed third.
Cincinnati (17-1), which holds the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games, entered the poll five weeks ago. The Bearcats have moved up every week and this was no exception as they went from seventh to No. 4, their highest ranking since being No. 1 in the next-to-last poll of the 1999-2000 season.
Florida (15-2), which lost to Georgia on Saturday, dropped from second to fifth and was followed in the Top Ten by Oklahoma, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Arizona.
Oklahoma State, which lost to Texas Tech as well as Kansas last week, dropped from sixth to 11th and was followed in the Second Ten by Syracuse, UCLA, Alabama, Georgia, Gonzaga, Stanford, Missouri, Oregon and Ohio State.
The last five ranked teams were Wake Forest, Miami, Southern California, Texas and Connecticut.
Ohio State, Texas and Connecticut were all newcomers this week, replacing Iowa, Boston College and Indiana.
Ohio State (14-2) has won eight straight since losing consecutive games to Louisville and Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes, who are 5-0 in the Big Ten, were ranked for one week last season.
Texas (13-4) was ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll but lost its opener to Arizona. The Longhorns returned to the rankings on a six-game winning streak and are 4-0 in the Big 12.
Connecticut (12-3) is also unbeaten in conference play, winning its first five Big East games. The Huskies, whose only loss in their last seven games was to Oklahoma, were ranked for the first 12 polls last season before falling out for the rest of the year.
Iowa (13-7), which was ranked No. 9 just three weeks ago, dropped out from 17th after losses to Illinois and Northwestern last week made the Hawkeyes 1-4 in their last five games.
Boston College (14-4) fell out from 22nd. The Eagles' loss to St. John's last week was their third straight at home following a 25-game winning streak at Conte Forum.
BC gets a chance to improve its standing in its next game -- at home against Duke.
Indiana (11-6) had moved back into the rankings at No. 25 last week after being out of the poll for four weeks. The Hoosiers lost to Ohio State in their only game last week.
Texas gives the Big 12 five ranked teams, matching the Pac-10 for most in the Top 25. Those two leagues along with the Atlantic Coast Conference (4), Southeastern Conference (4) and Big East (3) account for all but four of the teams in the current poll.
BYLINE1:By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
BYLINE2:AP Sports Writer
Minnesota earned its first national ranking in nearly 20 years in The AP women's basketball poll Monday, while Connecticut and Tennessee remained 1-2.
Minnesota, 8-20 a year ago, has made a dramatic turnaround under first-year coach Brenda Oldfield and joined the poll at No. 23, its first appearance since the 1982-83 season.
The Golden Gophers (14-3) came in after beating then-No. 5 Wisconsin 92-85 Sunday before a sellout crowd of 17,000-plus at the Badgers' Kohl Center.
"Honestly, I never thought we'd be standing here 14-3 and upsetting the No. 5 team in the country," said Oldfield, who at 31 is the youngest coach in the Big Ten.
"At the same time, the vision was there when we stepped in. We always believed in ourselves and in each other. We always believed that when we stepped out on the court, we could play with anyone."
Connecticut has been No. 1 all season and was a unanimous choice for the third straight week. The Huskies, 21-0 after beating defending national champion Notre Dame 80-53 on Monday, received all 45 first-place votes from a national media panel and had 1,125 points.
Tennessee (16-1), which lost only to Connecticut, held its season-long spot at No. 2 after victories over South Carolina and Alabama. The Lady Vols had 1,080 points, and Stanford (18-1) moved up one place to third with 1,026.
It's Stanford's highest ranking since it finished the 1996-97 season at No. 3. The Cardinal have won 10 straight games since a 68-62 loss to Tennessee on Dec. 16.
Oklahoma lost to Iowa State but beat Texas and slipped one spot to fourth. No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Vanderbilt and No. 7 South Carolina each moved up one spot and Louisiana Tech climbed two places to eighth.
South Carolina bounced back from an 80-61 loss to Tennessee by beating Kentucky by 29 points.
The 92-85 loss to Minnesota ended Wisconsin's 15-game winning streak and dropped the Badgers four places to ninth. Purdue moved up one spot to 10th.
Big 12 teams held the first five places in the second 10.
Kansas State fell two spots to 11th after losing to unranked Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech went from 15th to 12th after beating two Top 25 opponents -- Baylor and Iowa State. Texas fell one spot to 13th, Iowa State held at No. 14, and Baylor was 15th.
Virginia Tech went from 21st to 16th for the largest jump within the poll. Georgia, Florida, Colorado State and Colorado round out the Top 20.
North Carolina, Auburn, Minnesota, Boston College and Old Dominion held the final five places.
Oldfield, formerly the coach at Ball State and an assistant at Iowa State, took over at Minnesota after Cheryl Littlejohn was fired and with the program under investigation by the NCAA.
Her team established itself quickly and won nine of its first 10 games, with the only loss to Stanford. After winning only seven Big Ten games in the previous four seasons, the Gophers are 4-2 in the league now.
"The word is 'hungry,"' Oldfield said. "Every step of the way, from the first day we met, to our conditioning program, to the first day of practice, I've never coached a better group with the work ethic they bring every day and their wanting to lay it all out there.
"It's a coach's dream."
Minnesota has not had a winning season since 1993-94, and appeared in the poll only 11 times before Monday. The Gophers were 20th on Dec. 12, 1982, and were in the final nine polls of the 1980-81 season.
Arizona State (15-5), which joined the poll last week at No. 23, dropped out after splitting two games. The Sun Devils beat UCLA but lost to Southern California.
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