Syracuse rises to No. 7 in basketball poll

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Syracuse moved up two spots to No. 7 in the AP Top 25 released on Monday afternoon.

The Orange defeated Alcorn State on Saturday, 57-36, but struggled in the win. They will play Central Connecticut State later today, before opening their Big East schedule against Rutgers on Wednesday.

SU dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 last week after their first loss of the season against Temple.

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Duke retained the top spot in the poll with 63 first place votes. Michigan had two first place votes and is No. 2 in the rankings. Arizona, Louisville and Indiana rounded out the top 5.

Cincinnati (14), Georgetown (15), Notre Dame (21) and Pittsburgh (24) are the other ranked teams from the Big East.

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