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Duke's men join women at No. 1

By Times wires and staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 7, 2003

Duke jumped to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday, joining the Blue Devils women atop the rankings. Connecticut is the only other school to have held both top spots simultaneously.

Another milestone for Duke's men: This is the sixth consecutive season they have reached No. 1. Only UCLA's dynasty of the 1960s and 1970s had a longer run of seasons with at least one appearance atop the men's poll, 12 straight.

"We don't really pay attention to our No. 1 ranking," Duke forward Dahntay Jones said. "We just make sure we get better on a weekly basis, and whatever you rank us is whatever you rank us."

Georgia was the only newcomer this week at No. 20, replacing LSU, which fell out from No. 21.

Wake Forest, one of three unbeaten Division I teams with Duke and Connecticut, had the biggest jump from No. 23 to 17. Marquette (24th) and Michigan State (25th) dropped 11 places each.

Dane practicing for UF

GAINESVILLE -- Florida freshman Christian Drejer has returned to practice but is about two weeks from playing in a game, coach Billy Donovan said.

The Denmark national player of the year, Drejer averaged 31 points for his club team in Copenhagen. But Gator fans have seen him just once, in an exhibition game, because he has been sidelined all season with a sprained ankle and foot infection. He has gained back 15 of the approximately 20 pounds he lost during his illness.

ARIZONA: Unhappy point guard Will Bynum was released at his request from his scholarship obligations.

CLEMSON: Freshman Ori Ichaki won't be eligible to play after the NCAA ruled the 6-foot-5 forward played professional basketball in his native Israel.

UMASS: Sophomore guard Kyle Wilson has left the program and will transfer.

TOLEDO: Guard J.T. West was dismissed from the team.

-- Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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