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NCAA Basketball: Duke Regains Number One Spot - 2004-01-20


Duke University reached the number-one spot in the Associated Press' men's college basketball poll for the seventh straight season, as the Blue Devils passed the University of Connecticut in the rankings released Monday.

Duke's AP poll streak dates to the 1997-98 season and is the second longest in history, behind UCLA's 12 straight seasons with a stay at number-one from 1964 to 1975.

Duke also took over the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Blue Devils grabbed 25 of the 31 first-place votes, to take the spot vacated by Connecticut after its 86-83 loss to North Carolina on Sunday.

Both polls ranked Stanford in second place, followed by Saint Joseph's and U-Conn. The AP poll listed Louisville at number-five, Cincinnati in sixth place, North Carolina seventh, with Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Wake Forest rounding out the top-10.

The ESPN/USA Today coaches poll ranked Cincinnati fifth, followed by Louisville, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Kansas.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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