NCAA Basketball Rankings: Syracuse Remains No. 5 In AP Top 25 Poll

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: Kris Joseph #32 of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket against Dwight Buycks #23 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After opening the season with a win against Fordham, Syracuse remains No. 5 in the AP's first regular-season Top 25 Poll.

After opening the season with a win against Fordham, Syracuse remains No. 5 in the AP's first regular-season Top 25 Poll.

North Carolina remained a runaway choice at No. 1, receiving 62 of 65 first-place votes. Kentucky (No. 2) received one first-place vote, and UConn (No. 4) had the other.

North Carolina was followed by Kentucky, Ohio State, UConn and Syracuse in the top five. Duke, Florida, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Memphis rounded out the top ten.

Syracuse beat Fordham 78-53 on Saturday behind a balanced offensive effort. Eleven players scored for the Orange, led by Kris Joseph with 16 and Dion Waiters with 14. 

AP College Basketball Top 25 Poll Week One

1. North Carolina

2. Kentucky

3. Ohio State

4. UConn

5. Syracuse

6. Duke

7. Florida

8. Louisville

9. Pittsburgh

10. Memphis

11. Baylor

12. Kansas

13. Xavier

14. Wisconsin

15. Arizona

16. Alabama

17. Michigan

18. Vanderbilt

19. Texas A&M

20. Cincinnati 

21. Marquette

22. Gonzaga

23. California

24. Missouri

25. Florida State

-- For more Syracuse basketball coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Nunes Magician


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