The latest rankings have been released for ESPN/USA Today without any changes to the top seven teams. Duke received all 31 first place votes once again, after defeating Maryland last night in a close ACC battle. Ohio State survived a scare to Minnesota, while Kansas defeated Michigan yesterday in an overtime thriller. A pair of Big East teams: Syracuse and Pittsburgh round out the rest of the top 5 this week. The 17-0 San Diego State Aztecs still remain at the 6th position, and they are followed by the Villanova Wildcats after they handed Cincinnati its' first loss of the season.
The Purdue Boilermakers move up two spots to #8 after two comfortable wins against Penn State and Iowa. Purdue has a huge Big Ten game on Thursday against the #25 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Minnesota lost to Ohio State by three points over the weekend and will continue to be a competitive team throughout the Big Ten season.
Following Purdue in the rankings, are the Huskies of Connecticut. UConn had an interesting week to say the least. They started by losing to Notre Dame, who has moved up to #11 this week. Over the weekend, the Huskies took on Texas and won in overtime. After a loss to #15 and a win vs. #12, UConn stays put at #9. Texas on the other hand dropped two spots to #14.
New to the top ten this week is BYU, who has an easy week coming up as they take on the 7-9 Utah Utes. They continue to rack up win after win and are now 16-1, with their sole loss to UCLA on December 18.
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