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It's Kentucky and Syracuse, as usual

Kentucky and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 for a fifth straight week, while Kansas moves up to a season-high No. 3.

Kentucky received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday with Syracuse getting the other two.

Kansas, Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina all moved up one place to be third through sixth. Missouri, which lost twice last week, dropped four spots to seventh and was followed by Marquette, Baylor and Ohio State.

Creighton is the week's lone newcomer, returning to the rankings at No. 25 after two weeks out of the poll. The Bluejays, winners of four straight, replaced New Mexico, which moved in last week for the first time this season at No. 18, then fell out after losing two games.

Florida State, the third ranked team to lose two games last week, dropped from 15th to 22nd.

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Hoyas earn big win

WASHINGTON -- Before heading out to the court to finish pregame warmups on "Senior Day," Georgetown huddled up in a hallway with its two departing players, Jason Clark and Henry Sims. A voice shouted out:

"We've got to go out with a bang, fellas! We've got to out with a bang!"

Sure did.

Playing at home for the last time, Clark and Sims combined for 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and No. 11 Georgetown used its typically tough defense to beat No. 20 Notre Dame, 59-41, on Monday night in a key game for Big East tournament seeding.

Georgetown (22-6, 12-5) held Notre Dame (20-10, 12-5) to 33 percent field goal shooting, including 3 for 17 on three-point attempts (17.6 percent), and no one scored more for the Irish than the nine points from Eric Atkins and Scott Martin. Jack Cooley had two points and zero rebounds in 25 minutes.