Duke tops AP’s first reg­u­lar-sea­son poll

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Duke is No. 1 in The As­so­ci­ated Press’ first reg­u­lar-sea­son men’s poll of 2017-18. The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the pre­sea­son poll and re­ceived 34 of 65 first-place votes from a na­tional me­dia panel in the AP Top 25 re­leased Mon­day af­ter win­ning their first two games.

No. 2 Michi­gan State re­ceived 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Ari­zona got 16 and No. 4 Kansas had 2. Duke had 33 first-place votes in the pre­sea­son poll.

Vil­lanova moved up one spot to No. 5, with Wichita State, Ken­tucky, Florida, North Carolina and USC round­ing out the top 10.

In the women’s poll, UConn again re­ceived all 32 votes to stay No. 1. Mon­day’s Top 25 games

■ (At) No. 6 Wichita State 81, Col­lege of Charleston 63: Shaquille Mor­ris had 18 points and 10 re­bounds in just 22 min­utes to lead the Shock­ers (2-0) past the Cougars (1-1).

■ (At) No. 8 Florida 116, Gard­ner-Webb 77: Egor Koule­chov scored 34 points in his Florida de­but to lead the Ga­tors (1-0) past the Bull­dogs (0-2).

■ No. 10 USC vs. North Dakota State: Late

■ (At) No. 12 Cincin­nati 112, West­ern Carolina 51: Jar­ron Cum­ber­land scored 20 points as the Bearcats (2-0) beat the Cata­mounts (0-2).

■ (At) No. 13 Notre Dame 88, Mount St. Mary’s 62: Bonzie Col­son had 27 points, 11 re­bounds and three blocks to lead the Ir­ish (2-0) past the Moun­taineers (0-2).

■ No. 14 Min­nesota 86, (at) Prov­i­dence 74: Jor­dan Mur­phy scored 23 points as the Go­phers (2-0) beat the Fri­ars (1-1).

■ (At) No. 15 Xavier 101, Rider 75: Trevon Blui­ett had 26 points and nine re­bounds to lead the Musketeers (2-0) past the Broncs (1-1).

■ (At) No. 20 North­west­ern 75, St. Peter’s 66: Bryant McIn­tosh scored 17 points as the Wild­cats (2-0) shook off 17 turnovers to hold off the Pea­cocks ((0-2).

■ No. 21 Saint Mary’s vs. New Mexico State: Late

■ (At) No. 25 Bay­lor 70, Texas A&M-Cor­pus Christi 46: Manu Le­comte scored 23 points to lead the Bears (2-0) past the Is­lan­ders (1-1).

Note­wor­thy: Former Old Do­min­ion and Fayet­teville State coach Jeff Capel Jr. died Mon­day in Fayet­teville, N.C., of ALS. He was 64. His son is Duke as­so­ciate head coach Jeff Capel III.

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