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The Nation’s New No. 1: Louisville

Jan 14, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

Rick Pitino, Russ Smith

We posed the question last night: Now that there are no more undefeated teams, who will be the No. 1 team in the country?

On Monday, we got our answer: Louisville.

The Cardinals got 36 of the 65 first-place votes, climbing to No. 1 in the polls for the first time since the final poll of the 2009 season.

But if there is any indication how wide-open it is at the top this year, five teams received at least one first-place vote — No. 2 Indiana, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Michigan. And it deserves mention that the next three teams in the rankings — Syracuse, Arizona and Gonzaga — all have just one loss as well.

The full top 25 can be found here.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. xli2006 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    We’ll see how much they want the #1… Louisville @ UConn tonight.

  2. zhangmaster - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    So Duke beat Louisville head-to-head, they both have a 15-1 record, and Duke has three wins over ranked teams to Louisville’s one. Who in their right mind votes Louisville #1 over Duke?

    • thebadguyswon - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      People with an anti-Duke bias. Whatever. See ya in March.

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