(NEW YORK) — The Arizona Wildcats continued their stranglehold on the nation’s top spot, earning 63 of a possible 65 first-place votes in The Associated Press poll. Syracuse received the other two votes and are ranked second, marking the eighth straight week the two teams have held the top two spots.
Arizona is 20-0 on the year while the Orange are also perfect, sitting at 19-0 this year. The streak of eight straight 1-2 weeks is the longest by the same two schools since North Carolina and Connecticut were the best two teams for the first eight weeks in 2008-09. UCLA and Marquette hold the record for the longest consecutive 1-2 ranking set back in 1971-72 at 12 straight weeks.
Florida (18-2) moved to third in the nation, up from sixth last week, while Wichita State jumped to fourth. The Shockers (21-0) are the only other undefeated team in the country. San Diego State (18-1) moved up two spots to round out the top-five.
Michigan State (18-2) and Villanova (17-2) fell out of the top five following losses last week. The Spartans dropped from third to seventh while the Wildcats fell five spots to the number nine ranking.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN