This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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AP Poll released: Five Big Ten teams still in top 25; Gophers will face four of them down the stretch

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: February 6, 2012 - 1:30 PM


Grabbing wins over Ohio State and Kentucky will take you far. Here to attest to that is Indiana, which is maintaining a tenuous hold on a spot in the AP top-25, even as it has struggled mightily in recent weeks.


As the season goes on, things are visibly starting to stabilize at the top, with not much movement from last week to this in the nation’s top tier. Ohio State remained at No. 3, and the top six spots were not changed at all.

Michigan State and Wisconsin both dropped two spots, while Indiana fell three, but Michigan – coming of a week in which it beat Indiana but lost to Michigan State – jumped one spot.

For the first time in seven weeks, no Big Ten teams that were not ranked in the poll received any votes -- perhaps a sign that voters have clearly determined their top five teams in the league. Also remember the Gophers face four of those ranked teams -- Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State and Indiana -- down the stretch at Williams Arena.

Here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (23-1)
2. Syracuse (23-1)
3. Ohio State (20-3)
4. Missouri (21-2)
5. North Carolina (20-3)
6. Baylor (21-2)
7. Kansas (18-5)
8. Florida (19-4)
9. Murray State (23-0)
10. Duke (19-4)
11. Michigan State (18-5)
12. Georgetown (18-4)
13. San Diego State (20-3)
14. UNLV (21-4)
15. Florida State (16-6)
16. Saint Mary’s (22-2)
17. Creighton (21-3)
18. Marquette (19-5)
19. Virginia (18-4)
20. Mississippi State (18-5)
21. Wisconsin (18-6)
22. Michigan (17-7)
23. Indiana (18-6)
24. Louisville (18-5)
25. Harvard (20-2)

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