Louisville moves to No. 1 ranking in AP poll

1:02 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
Missouri Tigers guard Phil Pressey (1) dribbles the ball downcourt as Bucknell Bison guard Ryan Hill (11) blocks during the first half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- The past few games have not been kind to both the Tigers of Missouri and The Fighting Illini of Illinois.  Recent losses dropped both teams 10 and 11 spots respectively in the new Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

Missouri, which lost Saturday night in their second SEC matchup of the year, fell from a No. 10 ranking down to No. 17.  Illinois started the week at No. 12, but suffered a 74-51 loss to Wisconsin.  The Fighting Illini fell to No. 23.

Louisville, taking advantage of weekend losses by Duke and Michigan, is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

This is just the second time the Cardinals have the top ranking. They were No. 1 in the final poll of the 2008-09 season.

Louisville (15-1) moved up from No. 3. The Cardinals have won 10 straight games since losing to Duke in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

In a poll with five teams receiving first-place votes, Louisville was No. 1 on 36 ballots from the 65-member national media panel Monday. Indiana, which jumped from fifth to No. 2, drew 13 first-place votes. Duke, which dropped two spots to third, had 14.

No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Michigan, which had been second, each got one first-place vote.

Oregon, VCU, UCLA and Marquette joined the poll this week.

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