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College Basketball Rankings: Ohio St. Holds; Michigan, Wisconsin Gain

The Big Ten Conference makes big gains in the latest NCAA Basketball AP Poll, with both the Wolverines and Badgers moving up.

The latest 2011 AP NCAA Basketball Rankings have the Big Ten's big three all holding place or moving up:

  1. North Carolina Tar Heels (62)
  2. Kentucky Wildcats
  3. Ohio St. Buckeyes (1)
  4. Connecticut Huskies (2)
  5. Syracuse Orange
  6. Duke Blue Devils
  7. Louisville Cardinals
  8. Memphis Tigers
  9. Baylor Bears
  10. Florida Gators
  11. Wisconsin Badgers
  12. Xavier Musketeers
  13. Alabama Crimson Tide
  14. Kansas Jayhawks
  15. Michigan Wolverines
  16. Marquette Golden Eagles
  17. Pittsburgh Panthers
  18. Vanderbilt Commodores
  19. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  20. California Golden Bears
  21. Missouri Tigers
  22. Florida St. Seminoles
  23. Arizona Wildcats
  24. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  25. Texas A&M Aggies

The (3) Ohio St. Buckeyes (3-0) hold their place at the third slot after the top three teams start the season 10-0, but they will face some challenges early, including a late November game against the (22) Florida St. Seminoles and a a December matchup against (19) Gonzaga.

Ohio St. did its part to help knock the (10) Florida Gators down from the No. 7 spot, beating them November 15 by a score of 81-74. The Buckeyes play next on Wednesday night when they welcome the Wis.-Milwaukee Panthers (4-0) to town.

After three straight games of allowing 41 points or less, the (11) Wisconsin Badgers lifted from No. 14 to 11. The Badgers play the UMKC Kangaroos (1-3) on Tuesday night, but their greatest challenges await them next week when they face (1) North Carolina and (16) Marquette in back-to-back games.

The (15) Michigan Wolverines (3-0) have a big chance to jump in the rankings again this week as they face off against the (8) Memphis Tigers on Monday afternoon.

Fans of the Michigan St. Spartans (2-2) have cause to hope as the Spartans remain on the lip of the Top 25 with 58 votes despite sporting two early-season losses.

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