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Press Box: Duke No. 1 in basketball polls

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Indiana's weekend loss was Duke's gain in the college basketball polls.

The Blue Devils moved up one spot to No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today men's basketball Top 25 on Monday after Indiana lost in overtime to in-state rival Butler 88-86 on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Duke (9-0) received 62 of 65 first-place votes in the AP media poll, and 30 of 31 first-place votes in the USA Today coaches poll. The Blue Devils were idle last week.

The last time Duke topped the AP poll was during the 2010-11 season. Overall, the Blue Devils have held the No. 1 spot for 123 weeks, 11 behind UCLA for the most in history.

Michigan (11-0) moved up to second in both polls, and was followed by Syracuse. Arizona is No. 4 in the AP poll, while Louisville holds that spot in the USA Today poll.

Butler is No. 19 in this week's AP poll, and No. 25 in the coaches poll.


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