Duke proved on a national stage at the Champions Classic last week why so many voters had the Blue Devils atop their AP Top 25 ballot before the season began.

Now, even more voters have them there.

The Blue Devils, who beat then-No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in Chicago, pulled in 54 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 released Monday. That was an increase of 20 first-place votes over the first regular-season poll released last week.

Arizona was the only other team to receive a No. 1 nod, getting 11 first-place votes and taking the Spartans' place at No. 2. Kansas moved up to third after topping then-No. 7 Kentucky in the other game at the Champions Classic, while Michigan State and Villanova rounded out the top 5.

Record Pts Prv

1. Duke (54) 4-0 1613 1

2. Arizona (11) 3-0 1527 3

3. Kansas 3-0 1504 4

4. Michigan St. 2-1 1390 2

5. Villanova 3-0 1345 5

6. Wichita St. 2-0 1321 6

7. Florida 3-0 1117 8

8. Kentucky 3-1 1104 7

9. North Carolina 2-0 1079 9

10. Southern Cal 3-0 1055 10

11. Miami 3-0 918 11

12. Cincinnati 3-0 893 12

13. Notre Dame 3-0 857 13

14. Minnesota 4-0 754 14

15. Xavier 3-0 750 15

16. Texas A&M 2-0 618 16

17. Gonzaga 3-0 540 17

18. Purdue 4-0 527 19

19. Louisville 2-0 466 18

20. Seton Hall 4-0 370 22

21. Saint Mary's (Cal) 4-0 344 21

22. Baylor 3-0 206 25

23. UCLA 3-0 191 23

23. West Virginia 2-1 191 24

25. Alabama 3-0 133 -

Others receiving votes: Virginia 93, Texas Tech 81, TCU 36, Northwestern 20, Nevada 19, Providence 11, Maryland 9, Michigan 9, Texas 7, Creighton 6, Oklahoma 5, Temple 4, Oregon 4, Arkansas 3, Texas Arlington 2, Rhode Island 1, Belmont 1, Stephen F Austin 1.

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