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University of Minnesota, Gophers mens basketball vs Michigan State at Williams Arena on Monday December 31, 2012 .Gopher fans celebrate the victory as time expires.

Richard Sennott, Dml - Star Tribune

Gophers in Top 10 for first time since '97

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • January 3, 2013 - 11:59 AM

Look who cracked the AP top 10 in men's basketball.

Minnesota checks in at No. 9 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, the first time the team has been inside the top 10 since the scandal that eventually wiped away its 1997 Final Four berth.

For the third straight week Duke is the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25.

The Blue Devils (12-0) received all but two first-place votes from the 65-member media panel on Monday. The next five teams — Michigan, Arizona, Louisville, Indiana and Kansas — held their places from last week. Syracuse, Ohio State, Minnesota and Gonzaga rounded out the top 10.

Michigan (13-0) was No. 1 on two ballots for the second straight week. Minnesota is in the top 10 for the first time since it was third in the final poll of 1996-97.

New Mexico, which won at undefeated Cincinnati, returns to the rankings at No. 20 after being out for one week. The Lobos replace UNLV, which dropped out from 20th after losing at North Carolina.

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