• Louisville jumps to No. 1 in AP basketball poll<
     | January 15,2013
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    South Florida’s JaVontae Hawkins, left, takes a charge from Louisville’s Peyton Siva during the the Cardinals’ 64-38 victory on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

    Rick Pitino is guessing his Louisville Cardinals won’t be the last team to be No. 1 this season.

    The Cardinals took advantage of losses by Duke and Michigan to move up two spots to No. 1 on Monday in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. This is just the second time in school history they’re on top. The other time was the final poll of 2008-09, a season in which they reached the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

    Louisville (15-1) was one of five teams to receive a first-place vote this week, and that backs Pitino’s point.

    “I think the top teams will play musical chairs for No. 1 for the next two months and it will be really significant at the end of the year,” Pitino said Monday, hours before the Cardinals took their No. 1 ranking into a game at Connecticut. “We played a tough nonconference schedule and I’m really happy the way our guys have battled through injuries. We’ll try to hold the musical top as long as we can.”

    The Cardinals, who have won 10 straight since losing to Duke in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. That’s 23 more than Indiana, which moved up from fifth.

    Indiana was No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first five weeks of the regular season. Duke, which was No. 1 for the last four weeks, was third with 14 No. 1 votes. The Blue Devils were followed by Kansas and Michigan, which drew one first-place vote each.

    Four teams entered the week unbeaten: Duke, Michigan, then-No. 4 Arizona and unranked Wyoming and they all took their first loss.

    It was the first time three of the top four teams lost in the same week since November 2003, when the top four teams — Connecticut, Duke, Michigan State and Arizona — all were defeated.

    Syracuse, Arizona, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Florida rounded out this week’s top 10.

    There were four newcomers to the poll this week: No. 21 Oregon, No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth, No. 24 UCLA and No. 25 Marquette.

    It is VCU’s first ranking since the 1984-85 season. Oregon is back in for the first time since 2007-08. Marquette was ranked last season and UCLA, which was No. 13 in the preseason poll, is back after being out for the last seven weeks.

    They replaced Georgetown, Cincinnati, Wichita State and UNLV, who all lost once last week.

    The AP Top 25

    The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 13 and total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote:

    Record Pts

    1. Louisville (36) 15-1 1,591

    2. Indiana (13) 15-1 1,527

    3. Duke (14) 15-1 1,501

    4. Kansas (1) 14-1 1,416

    5. Michigan (1) 16-1 1,415

    6. Syracuse 16-1 1,284

    7. Arizona 15-1 1,205

    8. Gonzaga 16-1 1,141

    9. Minnesota 15-2 1,041

    10. Florida 12-2 1,019

    11. Ohio St. 13-3 939

    12. Creighton 16-1 896

    13. Butler 14-2 855

    14. NC State 14-2 836

    15. San Diego St. 14-2 704

    16. Kansas St. 13-2 670

    17. Missouri 12-3 598

    18. Michigan St. 14-3 426

    19. New Mexico 15-2 368

    20. Notre Dame 14-2 295

    21. Oregon 14-2 238

    22. VCU 14-3 21

    23. Illinois 14-4 199

    24. UCLA 14-3 185

    25. Marquette 12-3 177

    Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 121, UConn 70, Georgetown 56, Mississippi 55, UNLV 26, Wisconsin 25, Boise St. 9, Miami 9, Wichita St. 6, Temple 5, Pittsburgh 2, Baylor 1, Utah St. 1, Wyoming 1.

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