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POSTED December 17, 2013 2:22 a.m.

Arizona remains the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll after winning a close game at Michigan on Saturday.

The Wildcats (11-0), who won 72-70, received all but two of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.

Syracuse (10-0) got the other two No. 1 votes and remains second in a poll, with the top eight teams holding the same spot from last week.

Ohio State is third followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville and Oklahoma State.

Duke and Villanova, which moved up two spots, were tied for eighth, while Connecticut dropped one spot to round out the top 10.

North Carolina, which beat Kentucky 82-77 on Saturday, moved from 18th to No. 14. The loss dropped the Wildcats, the preseason No. 1, from 11th to No. 19.

The UConn women’s basketball team remains the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press poll, with a showdown against second-ranked Duke looming Tuesday night.

It will be the 52nd meeting between the top two teams in the poll, with the No. 1 team holding a 31-20 advantage.

The top 10 remained the same as last week with Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Stanford, Louisville, Maryland, Baylor and South Carolina following the Blue Devils.

Colorado, LSU, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Iowa State were the next five. Georgia was 16th followed by Penn State, which fell five spots after losing to South Dakota State. Purdue, Nebraska and Oklahoma were the next three.

California, Iowa, Syracuse, Florida State and Gonzaga round out the poll.

The Seminoles entered the Top 25 this week.



TOP 25 ROUNDUP

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 68, ST. JOHN’S 63

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory over St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Fair hit three big shots from the same spot — about 15 feet from the basket on the right baseline. The smooth left-handed shooter tied the game from there at 58 with 6:51 to go, then he made two more in the final 3 minutes as the Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.

Ennis had 15 points in the first half as Syracuse took a 39-27 lead. The Red Storm (6-3) chipped away and were able to tie it at 53 on three free throws by Rysheed Jordan with 9:16 to go. There were then four lead changes and three ties as Syracuse became the second highly ranked team to escape this weekend.

No. 1 Arizona beat Michigan 72-70 on Saturday.

D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s with 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

Since 1979, this had always been a Big East game. Syracuse is now a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and St. John’s remained in the Big East. The majority of the crowd of 16,357 was rooting for Syracuse.



NO. 10 VILLANOVA 73, LA SALLE 52

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting undefeated Villanova past La Salle.

The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38. The Wildcats have now thumped city rivals Penn, Saint Joseph’s and the Explorers (5-5) by at least 20 points in each game.



NO. 24 MISSOURI 66, WESTERN MICHIGAN 60

Jabari Brown scored 15 points to help Missouri beat Western Michigan.

Missouri (10-0) stretched its NCAA-best home-court winning streak to 25 games and has won 80 straight games against nonconference opponents at Mizzou Arena dating to the 2005-06 opener.

St. Louis native David Brown led Western Michigan (5-4) with 18 points.

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