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West Virginia Mountaineers

Top of Top 25 in men's AP poll the same, but not the bottom

Thanksgiving Week usually shakes up the Top 25 and this year was no different.

There are five newcomers to the poll and since there was a tie for 25th last week, six teams dropped out.

All the new teams were ranked as late as last season, and two of those that fell had long streaks of being in the Top 25.

Syracuse was the highest of the newcomers at 14th. The Orange, who beat ranked teams Connecticut and Texas A&M in winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, is the 14th team to enter the poll at that position or higher since the poll expanded to 25 in 1989-90.

The jump-in wasn't even a record for Syracuse. In December 2009, the Orange went from unranked to No. 10...