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SYRACUSE REMAINS ATOP HOOP POLL

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Syracuse benefited from a light schedule leading into final exams to remain atop the college basketball ratings in voting Monday by the UPI Board of Coaches.

The Orangemen, who improved to 7-0 by defeating Towson State in their only game, collected 24 of 42 first-place votes while totaling 601 points. Syracuse has held the No. 1 ranking four straight weeks.

The top five teams held their positions from last week. No. 2 Kansas, which defeated Pepperdine, received 12 first-place votes and 568 points. No. 3 Georgetown, an easy winner over Division III St. Leo and Division II District of Columbia, had six first-place votes and 541 points.

No. 4 Missouri had the toughest week among the Top 20, defeating Arkansas and Bradley. No. 5 Illinois maintained its place by downing Temple.

Rounding out the Top 20 were: No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Louisiana State, No. 9 Indiana, No. 10 Louisville, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 12 Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 13 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Duke, No. 15 Iowa, No. 16 UCLA, No. 17 Oregon State, No. 18 Alabama, No. 19 St. John's and co-No. 20 Arkansas-Little Rock, Memphis State and North Carolina.

A one-point loss to Missouri bumped Arkansas from the Top 10.