Stanford, which held the No. 1 spot in the AP college basketball poll for three weeks earlier this season, moved back to the top of the rankings today.
Cincinnati's six-week run at No. 1 ended, along with its 16-game winning streak, with a 77-69 loss to Temple on Sunday.
The Cardinal (22-1) moved up one place into No. 1 with a 101-50 victory over California on Saturday, the Bears' worst loss in school history.
When Stanford was No. 1 in the Dec. 20 poll, it was the school's first appearance ever there. The Cardinal stayed there until their only loss of the season, 68-65 to Arizona on Jan. 8.
The Cardinal received all but one of the 70 first-place votes and 1,749 points from the national media panel. Duke (21-3) moved up one place to No. 2, its highest ranking of the season, with 1,622 points.
Cincinnati (24-2) dropped to third, while Arizona (23-4), which had the only other first-place vote, remained fourth after beating Southern California and UCLA last week.
Michigan State and Ohio State each moved up one place to fifth and sixth, while Tennessee, which lost at Vanderbilt last week, dropped two spots to seventh.
Temple, which has won 11 straight games, jumped from 15th to No. 8 following road wins over Dayton and Cincinnati. It's the Owls highest ranking since they were fifth in the second poll of the regular season.
Florida and Oklahoma State rounded out the Top Ten.
Auburn moved up one place to lead the Second Ten and was followed by Tulsa, Syracuse, Texas, LSU, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland and Oklahoma.
The final five ranked teams were Purdue, Connecticut, Kansas, Vanderbilt and Utah.
Vanderbilt (17-6) dropped out of the Top 25 last week after a loss to Alabama. The Commodores then lost to Auburn, but beat Tennessee on Saturday, giving them a season sweep of the Volunteers.
Seton Hall (18-6) moved into the rankings last week for the first time since the final poll of the 1992-93 season, but the Pirates didn't stay there long following home losses to Connecticut and Notre Dame.
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