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Auburn No. 1 in AP poll for first time

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War Eagle is flying high over men's college basketball for the first time in history.

A barely ranked afterthought to begin the season, Auburn climbed past Gonzaga to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll released Monday. The Tigers beat Kentucky over the weekend for their 15th consecutive win, then scooped up 45 of 61 first-place votes to become the nation's top-ranked team for the first time since the poll began with the 1948-49 season.

The Bulldogs dropped to No. 2 with 15 first-place votes. Arizona remained third and earned the other No. 1 vote.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Auburn18-1
2 Gonzaga15-2
3 Arizona16-1
4 Baylor17-2
5 Kansas17-2
6 Purdue16-3
7 UCLA13-2
7 Houston17-2
9 Duke15-3
10 Michigan State15-3
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas17-2
2 Auburn18-1
3 Alabama13-6
4 Wisconsin15-3
5 Michigan State15-3
6 LSU15-4
7 Arizona16-1
8 Providence16-2
9 BYU17-4
10 Villanova14-5
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