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CRAWFORD | U of L moves to No. 1 in AP, coaches basketball polls

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The University of Louisville has moved to the No. 1 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches basketball polls.

After No. 1 Duke lost at N.C. State and No. 2 Michigan fell from the unbeaten ranks at Ohio State, U of L jumped to the top spot from its No. 3 position in the AP poll, but there was plenty of debate about the balloting.

U of L edged Indiana for the top spot in both polls. They are followed by Duke, Kansas and Michigan to round out the top five in both.

In the AP poll, the Cardinals received 36 of the 65 first-place votes. Indiana received 13 and Duke 14.

In the coaches poll, U of L jumped to No. 1 from the No. 4 spot with 18 first place votes. Indiana received six first-place votes and Duke got seven. All three teams are 15-1.

It's the first time the Cardinals ever have held the top spot during the regular season. They were ranked No. 1 after winning the Big East Tournament, heading into NCAA Tournament play in 2009. That was the first time the Cardinals -- who have been ranked in the poll more than all but five programs all time -- appeared in the top spot of the AP poll.

U of L began this season ranked No. 2 in the nation, but fell after a five-point loss to Duke in the Battle4Atlantis in the Bahamas.

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