Men,s college basketball

Duke No. 1 again; UO up to No. 16

Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll after dropping from the top spot for one week, while Oregon moved up five spots to No. 16.

The Blue Devils, who fell to No. 3 last week, took advantage of losses by Louisville and Indiana to move back to No. 1, their fifth week on top this season. Duke received 39 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.

Michigan, which jumped from fifth to second, had 11 No. 1 votes. Kansas, which had seven first-place votes, and Syracuse, which knocked Louisville out of No. 1, tied for third. Syracuse received eight No. 1 votes.

Louisville dropped to fifth and was followed by Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Butler and Gonzaga.

Oregon recorded victories at USC and UCLA last week and climbed from No. 21 to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. The No. 16 ranking is Oregon’s highest since being ranked 16th the week of Dec. 10, 2007. UCLA, which had been No. 24 in the pool, dropped out of the rankings this week.

The Ducks, which host Washington State on Wednesday (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network), is 5-0 in the Pac-12 Conference for the first time since the 1973-74 season, when the conference was known as the Pac-8. The Ducks have not started 6-0 in conference play since the 1925-26 season, when they were members of the Pacific Coast Conference.

For the Associated Press and coaches’ polls, see Scoreboard, C2.

—From wire reports

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