Cougars fall, Aggies receive votes in latest polls

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PROVO -- BYU is down a few spots and the New Mexico Lobos up a couple of spots in in the latest Top 25 polls released Monday.

In the AP survey, BYU is down from 12th to 14th and New Mexico is up from 10th to 8th; BYU victim UTEP enters the AP Poll at 24th. Utah State (33rd) is receiving votes.

In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, BYU is down four spots to 15th, while the Lobos are up two spots to 10th.

UTEP is 21st, while Utah State (28th) and UNLV (t-33rd) are receiving votes.

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer

Syracuse is No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25, taking advantage of a weekend when the poll's top three teams lost.

The Orange were the runaway top pick Monday, receiving 59 first-place votes from the national media panel to make the jump from fourth. This is their first time on top since a six- week run during the 1989-90 season.

Kansas, which had the other six first-place votes, dropped to second following its loss at Oklahoma State. Kentucky, which has the same 27-2 record as the two teams above it, dropped one place after losing at Tennessee.

Duke was fourth followed by Kansas State, Ohio State and Purdue, which fell from third to seventh after losing to Michigan State.

Texas, which was No. 1 for two weeks in January, fell out of the Top 25 after losing for the seventh time in 12 games.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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