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NCAA BASKETBALL: Orange the unanimous No. 1

on February 04, 2014 10:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse’s reward for winning one of the best college basketball games of the season was a spot on top of The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Combined with No. 1 Arizona’s first loss of the season last weekend, the Orange’s 91-89 overtime win over Duke on Saturday moved them up one spot to the top.

Syracuse (21-0) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel Monday, making the Orange the first unanimous No. 1 since Duke was for six weeks in 2010-11.

“We’re happy to be No. 1,” coach Jim Boeheim said Monday, hours before the Orange beat Notre Dame. “Obviously, it’s taken a lot of hard work. It’s an honor. We’ll try to keep playing well.”

Syracuse, off to the best start in school history, is on top of the poll for the first time since a six-week run in 2011-12.

This is the 15th week all-time Syracuse has been No. 1.

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