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Eyeing IU

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Indiana's Cody Zeller, left, drives the baseline against Ohio State's Evan Ravenel during the second half Sunday.

Hoosiers hold onto top spot in AP Top 25

Indiana held onto the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, despite its loss at the buzzer Illinois last week.

The Hoosiers (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) were helped by having four of the top five teams and six of the top 10 teams losing last week as well as their 81-68 win Sunday over Ohio State, which fell from No. 10 to No. 13 in the AP poll.

"They were really disappointed on Thursday night, and instead of carrying that disappointment into a woes-is-me mentality, they really did trigger how to get back in a sense of closing games," Indiana coach Tom Crean said during Monday's Big Ten teleconference about his team being able to rebound from the 74-72 loss to Illinois. "There was a different level of a sense of urgency because of the way we didn't finish it off, combined with the fact that we knew we were playing a team (Ohio State) that was outstanding, combined with the fact that we hadn't won in that building."

The Hoosiers' second week in a row at No. 1 ended a stretch of five consecutive weeks with a new No. 1, two weeks short of the longest such stretch in 1993-94. Duke started the run followed by Louisville, Duke again, Michigan and Indiana.

IU's bounce back win wasn't enough for it to keep the No. 1 spot in the USA Today coaches poll as Duke, the only top five team not to lose last week, moved up to No. 1 with the Hoosiers coming in at No. 2.

Indiana received 26 first-place votes from the 65-member AP media panel Monday. Duke picked up 20 first-place votes, Miami – which jumped from No. 8 to No. 3 – got 17 first-place votes and No. 5 Gonzaga received two first-place votes.

Other Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25 are: No. 4 Michigan, No. 8 Michigan St., No. 13 Ohio St., No. 20 Wisconsin.

Other Big Ten teams in the USA Today coaches poll are: No. 5 Michigan, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Ohio State and No. 19 Wisconsin.