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The last five ranked teams were Marquette, Florida State, Arizona State, Purdue and Brigham Young.
BYU (24-6) was the only newcomer to the poll, moving in having won nine of its last 10 games and finishing in a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West Conference with Utah and New Mexico. The Cougars were ranked for six weeks last season.
Illinois (23-8), which lost to Penn State last week, dropped out from 23rd. The Illini were ranked for the last seven weeks, reaching as high as No. 18.
Syracuse (23-8), which closed the regular season with wins over Rutgers and Marquette to stretch its winning streak to four games, had the week's biggest jump moving from 25th to No. 18.
LSU and Marquette both had the week's biggest drop, falling eight places. The Tigers (25-6) fell from 12th to No. 20 following losses to Vanderbilt and Auburn, while Marquette (23-8) continued its slide following the loss of point guard Dominic James to a broken foot. The Golden Eagles, who were ranked as high as No. 8 this season, lost to Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse without James and fell this week from 13th to No. 21.
The final poll will be released next Monday.
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