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Arizona No. 1 for first time since 2003

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POSTED December 10, 2013 1:44 a.m.

Arizona has moved up one spot to No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, the Wildcats’ first top ranking since 2003.

Arizona (9-0) was a runaway choice at No. 1, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. The Wildcats were sixth in the preseason Top 25, and their climb has been highlighted by wins over San Diego State and Duke.

Syracuse, which got the other first-place votes, and Ohio State moved up two places to second and third, while Wisconsin jumped four spots to fourth. Michigan State, which had been No. 1 for three weeks, dropped to fifth after losing 79-65 at home to North Carolina.

Louisville was No. 6, followed by Oklahoma State, Duke, Connecticut and Villanova.

North Carolina moved back into the poll at No. 18 after a one-week absence. Colorado and Missouri are in the Top 25 for the first time this season. UCLA, Michigan and Dayton fell out of the rankings.



UConn still No. 1; next game vs. Duke


The UConn women’s basketball team stays the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press poll after winning its only game of the week.

The Huskies routed UC Davis by 60 points Thursday and don’t play again until Dec. 17 against No. 2 Duke because of exams. The Blue Devils beat Purdue and Oklahoma this past week. The top nine teams in the poll remain the same with Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Stanford, Louisville, Maryland and Baylor following the Blue Devils.

South Carolina moved up two spots to No. 10, its best ranking since Feb. 10, 2002, when the Gamecocks were also 10th.

Colorado, Penn State, LSU, Oklahoma State and North Carolina were the next five. The Tar Heels moved up three spots. Georgia, Iowa State, Purdue, Nebraska and Oklahoma followed.

Iowa, California, Gonzaga, Texas A&M and Syracuse round out the Top 25.



No. 23 Iowa beats Fairleigh Dickinson 92-59


IOWA CITY, Iowa — With an early start time, a late-arriving crowd and a huge rivalry game to look ahead to, No. 23 Iowa could have easily overlooked heavy underdog Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Hawkeyes still had more than enough energy to put aside the Knights.

Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as Iowa pulled away to a 92-59 victory Monday night, its 10th win of the season.

Melsahn Basabe had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (10-1), who broke the game open with an early 19-0 run and led by at least 20 points for the entire second half.

Iowa got 51 points from its bench, which was led by Olaseni and Jarrod Uthoff, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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