Syracuse Moves to No. 2 in Polls

Despite the absence of Fab Melo, Syracuse has won its last two games - enough to vault to the No. 2 spot in both National polls Monday.

After tough wins over Cincinnati on the road and West Virginia at home, Syracuse was able to vault up the rankings.

When the polls were released on Monday, the Orange (22-1, 9-1 Big East) held the No. 2 spot in both the Coaches and Associated Press rankings.

Kentucky held the top spot in both polls, gaining all 31 first-place votes from the coaches and 63 of 65 in the AP poll - with Syracuse receiving the other two. Ohio State was third with Missouri fourth and Duke fifth in the Coaches, and the only change from the AP was North Carolina at the No. 5 spot in place of Duke.

In the Big East, Georgetown dropped to No. 14 just in front of Marquette. Louisville came in at No. 25 and Connecticut dropped out of the rankings all together after three straight losses though it held as No. 24 in the AP release.

Syracuse returns to the court on Saturday against St. Johns at Madison Square Garden.

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