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Louisville New No. 1 In AP Following Losses By Duke, Michigan

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Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines grimaces after missing a three point shot with 14 seconds left in the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes that would have given Michigan the lead on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines grimaces after missing a three point shot with 14 seconds left in the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes that would have given Michigan the lead on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Rick Pitino is guessing his Louisville Cardinals won’t be the last team to be No. 1 this season.

The Cardinals took advantage of losses by Duke and Michigan to move up two spots to No. 1 on Monday in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. This is just the second time in school history they’re on top. The other time was the final poll of 2008-09, a season in which they reached the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

Louisville (15-1) was one of five teams to receive a first-place vote this week, and that backs Pitino’s point.

“I think the top teams will play musical chairs for No. 1 for the next two months and it will be really significant at the end of the year,” Pitino said Monday, hours before the Cardinals took their No. 1 ranking into a game at Connecticut. “We played a tough nonconference schedule and I’m really happy the way our guys have battled through injuries. We’ll try to hold the musical top as long as we can.”

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