AP College Basketball Poll 2012: Complete Week 7 Standings Released

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 28:  Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 28, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If last week was more of the same, this week there is a slight changing of the guard at the top of the college basketball AP Top 25 Poll. 

The Indiana Hoosiers have spent all season atop the rankings, but a thrilling, exciting clash with in-state foe Butler put an end to that run and their nine-game winning streak. 

No one will deny that the Hoosiers are still one of the handful of teams worthy of being ranked No. 1, but they will have to battle their way back to that spot now. Instead, the Duke Blue Devils will make their first appearance at the top of the rankings since Feb. 2011. 

The Blue Devils have won their first nine games this season. They haven't played since Dec. 8 against Temple, but they get back into action later this week with games on Wednesday and Thursday against Cornell and Elon.  

Before we move on, we should talk about those Butler Bulldogs, who entered the polls this week at No. 19. This program has been one of the best and most consistent "mid-majors" in the country for years. The Bulldogs were 7-2 before the game against Indiana and had a victory over North Carolina, yet found themselves unranked. 

That is no longer the case, as Butler has made its presence felt in a big way this week. This team deserves a lot more respect than it got to start the season, especially considering the resume it has built up over the last three years. 

Another team moving up the rankings after a huge win over the weekend is Arizona. Don't look now, but the Wildcats are 8-0 after defeating previously undefeated and fifth-ranked Florida. 

The Pac-12 may not be as good as we thought coming into the season, thanks in large part to UCLA failing to live up to its lofty expectations, but Arizona is proving to be worthy of its spot in the Top 10. 

Here is a look at the AP Top 25 Rankings for the week of Dec. 17-23. 

 1. Duke
 2. Michigan
 3. Syracuse
 4. Arizona
 5. Louisville
 6. Indiana
 7. Ohio State
 8. Florida
 9. Kansas
 10. Illinois
 11. Cincinnati
 12. Missouri
 13. Minnesota
 14. Gonzaga
 15. Georgetown
 16. New Mexico
 17. Creighton
 18. San Diego State
 19. Butler
 20. Michigan State
 21. UNLV
 22. Notre Dame
 23. North Carolina
 24. Oklahoma State
 25. North Carolina State