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Duke stays solid No. 1 in AP Top 25

Duke held on to its comfortable lead in The Associated Press Top 25 while Cincinnati and California are newcomers in the first regular-season poll.

The Blue Devils (2-0) received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, keeping their large lead over No. 2 Kentucky, which was given top billing on one ballot.

Defending champion Villanova received five first-place votes and moved up one place to third, replacing Kansas, one of three ranked teams that lost last week. Oregon and North Carolina both moved up one spot to fourth and fifth, while Indiana, which beat Kansas 103-99 in overtime Friday, jumped from 11th to sixth. The Hoosiers were No. 1 on one ballot.

Kansas was seventh followed by Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona. The Wildcats last week beat then-No. 12 Michigan State, which fell to 13th.

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