Things the same at top of AP pollBy JIM O'CONNELL , Associated Press
Dec. 30, 2013 12:44 PM ET
Breaking down this week's Associated Press college basketball poll:
SAME OLD: The top of The Associated Press college basketball poll has stayed the same for a month.
For the fourth straight week, Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State have been ranked 1 through 5 in the Top 25.
The only change in that span was this week's first-place votes. For the first three polls in this run Arizona had 63 No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel with Syracuse getting the others. This week, following Syracuse's 78-62 victory over previously unbeaten Villanova, the Orange got five first-place votes.
This was also the fourth straight week with the same 25 teams in the poll although in a different order each time. That should start to change next week with the onset of conference play.
It is the first time this season in the top 10 for No. 9 Baylor and No. 10 Oregon.
ARIZONA MOVE: Arizona's fourth straight week at No. 1 has the Wildcats moving up the all-time list.
Arizona has now been on top of the AP poll 33 times, breaking a tie with UNLV for ninth place on the all-time list.
The Runnin' Rebels were last ranked No. 1 in the 1990-91 season.
Next up on the list for the Wildcats is Ohio State which has been No. 1 37 times, the last in 2010-11.
UCLA is the all-time leader with 134 weeks at No. 1. Then comes Duke (127), North Carolina (111), Kentucky (93), Kansas (57), Indiana (54) and Cincinnati (45).
STILL WINNING: Syracuse's 78-62 win over Villanova on Saturday knocked the Wildcats from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving eight Division I teams without a loss this season.
Seven of those eight are ranked in the top 13 of this week's poll leaving Toledo (12-0) as the only unranked unbeaten. That could change Monday night as the Rockets play at No. 16 Kansas. The Jayhawks have won 67 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.
There are still two Division I teams yet to get a win this season: Cornell (0-12) and Grambling State (0-7).
DOUBLE-RANKED GAMES: You will have to wait until Sunday to see a game between two ranked teams and then there will be three, and two of those will be conference matchups.
No. 21 San Diego State is at No. 16 Kansas in the non-conference game Sunday. No. 22 Iowa is at No. 4 Wisconsin in a Big Ten tilt and No. 10 Oregon visits No. 20 Colorado in a Pac-12 game.
And for a rough start to conference play how about Nebraska? The Cornhuskers open their Big Ten season on Tuesday at No. 22 Iowa and then play at No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday.