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The Utes (24-9) were the week's lone newcomer, moving in for the first time this season after winning the Mountain West tournament. They replaced BYU (25-7), which lost in the Mountain West semifinals.
Utah was the 47th team to be ranked this season, two off the record set last season.
The Big East had nine teams ranked during the season and they were all in the poll of Jan. 5, breaking its own record by one.
The ACC and Big Ten tied for second with seven teams cracking the rankings at some point, while the Pac-10 and Big 12 both had five teams ranked.
Those five leagues accounted for 33 teams in the NCAA's field of 65.
Besides Utah, there were seven other teams that made one-week appearances in the Top 25: Boston College, West Virginia, California, Saint Mary's, Kentucky, Dayton and BYU.
Fourteen teams were ranked from the preseason poll through the final with North Carolina, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Duke all being in the top 10 the whole season.
Two teams that were in the preseason top 10 -- No. 7 Texas and No. 9 Notre Dame -- weren't ranked at the end of the season.
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