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Murray's AP Top 25: Duke the new No. 1; Nevada mostly holds steady

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Jazz Johnson and Nevada opened the season 2-0. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada Sports Net columnist Chris Murray is one of 65 voters in the college basketball AP Top 25 poll. Here is a look at the biggest movers and shakers in his poll this week.

Team on the rise

* Duke: I was more bullish on Duke that the rest of the AP voters (I had the Blue Devils No. 3 on my preseason ballot and they were ranked No. 4 on the overall ballot), but I was still too light given the early results. Duke dubbed Kentucky, my preseason No. 1, winning 118-84 in a showcase game. As such, Duke went up to No. 1 and Kentucky fell to No. 10. Kansas also picked up a big win over Michigan State.

Team on the fall

* West Virginia: There weren’t many losses by Top 25 teams in week one. In fact, there were only four of them and three were Top 25 teams losing to other Top 25 teams. The only Top 25 team to lose to an unranked foe last week was No. 13 West Virginia, which dropped a 99-94 overtime decision to Buffalo and fell off my ballot this week.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Duke (3)

2. Kansas (2)

3. Tennessee (4)

4. Gonzaga (6)

5. Auburn (11)

6. Nevada (5)

7. Virginia (7)

8. Villanova (8)

9. North Carolina (9)

10. Kentucky (1)

11. Michigan State (12)

12. Kansas State (10)

13. Florida State (14)

14. Virginia Tech (13)

15. Michigan (16)

16. Mississippi State (17)

17. LSU (18)

18. TCU (19)

19. Clemson (20)

20. Syracuse (21)

21. Oregon (22)

22. Indiana (23)

23. UCLA (n/r)

24. Purdue (n/r)

25. Marquette (n/r)

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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