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Who's No. 1 in college basketball with no more unbeaten teams?

January 13, 2013|By Dan Loumena
  • Louisville guard Peyton Siva (3) defends against Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby (1) during a Big East Conference game Wednesday.
Louisville guard Peyton Siva (3) defends against Seton Hall guard Aaron… (Julio Cortez / Associated…)

When No. 15 Ohio State held off a late rally by No. 2 Michigan for a 56-53 victory on Sunday, college basketball had no more unbeaten teams.

The first of the last three unbeaten teams to go down was No. 4 Arizona on Thursday night at Oregon, 70-66. Then No. 1 Duke was knocked off, 84-76, at No. 20 North Carolina State on Saturday.

On Monday, when the Associated Press releases its weekly poll, there probably will be a new No. 1 team.

But who?

Well, No. 3 Louisville would be the most likely candidate. The Cardinals defeated South Florida and Seton Hall this week to move to 15-1 on the season. The one loss, though, was to Duke.

There's No. 5 Indiana, also 15-1, which just defeated No. 8 Minnesota, 88-81. The Hoosiers' loss was very Hoosiers-like -- 88-86 to tiny but powerful No. 14 Butler in overtime.

And then there's No. 6 Kansas (14-1) and No. 7 Syracuse (16-1). The Jayhawks lost two months ago to No. 22 Michigan State while the Orange took a not-so-good loss to Temple last month.

In other words, the new No. 1 college basketball team will come with a blemish.

Might as well be Louisville, the highest-ranked one-loss team that kept winning this past week.

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