|North Carolina stays No. 1 as top 9 remain unchanged, while Xavier and Miami rejoin AP Top 25|
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|Monday, 07 January 2008 08:55|
For the sixth straight week, North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas were 1-2-3 in the Top 25, and the first nine teams held their places from last week.
Xavier and Miami both returned to the rankings, replacing Pac-10 teams Arizona and Southern California.
North Carolina (15-0) needed Wayne Ellington's 3-pointer with less than a second to play in overtime for a 90-88 victory over Clemson and the No. 1 ranking it has held since the preseason poll.
The Tar Heels received 46 first-place votes and 1,768 points from the 72-member national media panel.
Memphis (13-0), which had blowout home wins over Siena and Pepperdine last week, was No. 1 on 25 ballots and had 1,742 points.
Kansas (14-0) and Washington State (13-0) both won on the road last week. The Jayhawks, who received the only other first-place vote, beat Boston College 85-60, while the Cougars beat Washington 56-52.
The two other remaining undefeated teams in Division I - Vanderbilt (15-0) and Mississippi (13-0) - were ranked 13th and 16th.
UCLA was fifth, followed by Michigan State, Georgetown, Tennessee and Duke.
Indiana moved up one place to round out the top 10.
M was 11th followed by Texas, Vanderbilt, Butler, Marquette, Mississippi, Dayton, Clemson, Villanova and Pittsburgh.
The last five ranked teams were Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Stanford, Xavier and Miami.
Marquette dropped from No. 10 to No. 15 after its 79-64 loss at West Virginia.
Xavier (12-3) moved back into the rankings at No. 24 after being out for three weeks. The Musketeers were ranked for three weeks earlier this season, reaching as high as No. 17. Consecutive losses to Arizona State and Tennessee knocked them out, but they have won four straight since, the last three over Kansas State, Virginia and Auburn by an average of 29 points.
Miami (13-1) returned to the poll after being out for one week. The Hurricanes started the season with 12 straight wins and were ranked for two weeks, reaching No. 19. A 76-70 home loss to Winthrop knocked them out, and they won their only game since, 88-62 over Pennsylvania.
Arizona (10-4) fell out from 21st having lost two of three games, but the Wildcats played that whole stretch without freshman point guard Jerryd Bayless, who is recovering from a sprained right knee. The Wildcats, who lost at Memphis and at home to Oregon, had been ranked the last five weeks and for all but two weeks this season.
Southern California (9-5) lost both games last week in its first conference trip of the season, falling to California and Stanford. The Trojans had been ranked for the last three weeks.