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Duke regains No. 1 spot in final AP poll

Duke, the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll, released Monday, followed by two other Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

Duke Blue Devils guard and former Apple Valley star Tre Jones reacts after a play against Florida State in the ACC conference tournament on March 16 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Jeremy Brevard / USA TODAY Sports
Duke Blue Devils guard and former Apple Valley star Tre Jones reacts after a play against Florida State in the ACC conference tournament on March 16 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Jeremy Brevard / USA TODAY Sports

Duke, the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll, released Monday, followed by two other Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

The Blue Devils (29-5), No. 5 last week, earned 58 first-place votes to capture the top spot after winning the ACC tournament. No. 2 Virginia (29-3) garnered five first-place votes, with No. 4 Gonzaga (30-3) getting the final vote. Gonzaga was No. 1 heading into tournament play but lost to Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament.

No. 3 North Carolina (27-6) and Michigan State (28-6), which defeated Michigan to win the Big Ten tournament, round out the top five.

Dropping out of the top group this week was Kentucky, which fell three spots to No. 7 after a loss to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Volunteers maintained their spot at No. 6, joined by No. 8 Michigan, with Texas Tech and Florida State rounding out the top 10.

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By winning the SEC tournament, Auburn rose eight spots to No. 14. Last week's No. 14, Nevada, plummeted six spots after being upset in the Mountain West tournament.

Utah State, the winner of the Mountain West title, climbed into the poll at No. 25 for its first appearance since 2011. Iowa State returned to the poll at No. 24.

Dropping out of the Top 25 were Marquette, losers of five of their past six games, and Maryland, which lost its only game in the Big Ten tournament.

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