Around college basketball: Indiana keeps top ranking in AP poll despite loss

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Gerry Broome | Associated Press
Chelsea Gray reacts after making a basket for No. 5 Duke in a victory over No. 7 Maryland.

Indiana coach Tom Crean used an analogy to the state’s second-favorite sport after the Hoosiers remained No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for a second straight week.

It had been more than a month since a team managed to stay on top, and Indiana broke that trend despite losing a game last week, leading Crean to bring up auto racing.

“I had a good friend tell me that in-season rankings are the barometer of representing what lane you’re in and the direction and how far you are moving toward your goals,” Crean said yesterday. “We want to stay in the left lane and keep working on our team and pace because we know there are quite a few others in the left lane, as well.”

The Hoosiers (21-3) lost to Illinois on a last-second basket on Thursday but rebounded with a victory at Ohio State on Sunday. In a week when four of the top five teams and six of the top 10 lost, it was enough to keep the No. 1 ranking.

The Hoosiers received 26 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Duke, the only member of the top five not to lose last week, moved up two spots to second after getting 20 first-place votes.

The University of Miami, which received 17 No. 1 votes, jumped from eighth to third, the highest ranking in Hurricanes history.

Michigan dropped one spot to fourth. Gonzaga, which got the other two first-place votes, moved up one spot to fifth.

Syracuse was sixth, followed by Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas State. Ohio State dropped from 10th to 13th.

In the women’s poll, Baylor remained No. 1 for the sixth straight week, getting 37 first-place votes.

MEN’S HIGHLIGHTS

No. 15 Georgetown 63, No. 18 Marquette 55: Otto Porter got 11 of his 21 points after a momentum-shifting technical foul on Marquette coach Buzz Williams to help host Georgetown (18-4, 8-3) defeat the Golden Eagles (17-6, 8-3) last night in a Big East game.

No. 14 Kansas 83, No. 10 Kansas State 62: Ben McLemore scored 30 points on his 20th birthday, Jeff Withey added 17 points and 10 rebounds and host Kansas (20-4, 8-3 Big 12) ended a three-game losing streak. Withey also had five blocked shots, giving him 263 for his career, one short of the Big 12 record held by Chris Mihm of Texas. Rodney McGruder scored 20 for Kansas State (19-5, 8-3).

WOMEN’S HIGHLIGHTS

No. 2 Notre Dame 93, No. 10 Louisville 64: Natalie Achonwa had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Skylar Diggins 21 points and seven assists for host Notre Dame (23-1, 11-0 Big East), which won its 18th straight game. Louisville (20-5, 8-3) had won six straight.

No. 5 Duke 71, No. 7 Maryland 56: Chelsea Gray scored a career-high 28 points for host Duke (22-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Alyssa Thomas had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Maryland (19-4, 10-2).

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