Ohio State remains atop AP poll; Duke drops seven spots

Mar 5, 2007 - 9:48 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Greg Oden and Ohio State apparently like life at the top.

For the second straight week, the Buckeyes were voted as the top team in the Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

Ohio State, which last week reached the top of the poll for the first time since March 1962, received 70 of 72 first-place votes and 1,798 points from a panel of writers and broadcasters.

One of the top freshmen in the country, Oden has led the Buckeyes (27-3) on a 14-game winning streak to close the regular season. The 7-foot center scored 16 points in Saturday's 65-61 triumph over Big Ten Conference rival Michigan.

Kansas (27-4) received the other two first-place votes and is second with 1,706 points. The Jayhawks recorded a pair of wins last week, including a thrilling 90-86 victory Saturday over Big 12 Conference foe Texas.

Wisconsin (27-4) climbed one spot to third, followed by UCLA (26-4), Memphis (27-3), Florida (26-5), Texas A&M (25-5), North Carolina (25-6), Georgetown (23-6) and Nevada (27-3).

Washington State (24-6) moved up two spots to 11th while Louisville (22-8) climbed four spots to 12th. Pittsburgh (25-6) is 13th, followed by Southern Illinois (27-6), Texas (22-8), Oregon (23-7) and Maryland (24-7). The Terrapins jumped seven spots after defeating Duke and North Carolina State.

Marquette (23-8) is 18th, followed by Butler (27-5), Notre Dame (23-6) and Duke (22-9). The Blue Devils dropped an 86-72 decision to the rival Tar Heels on Sunday, four days after losing their home finale to the Terrapins.

The bottom four teams all are new to the poll. Tennessee (22-9) is 22nd, followed by Brigham Young (23-7), Winthrop (28-4) and UNLV (25-6).






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