Stanford, the nation's only other unbeaten team, moved up to number one in the poll following Duke's loss to North Carolina State yesterday. Duke dropped to third in the rankings.
Saint Joseph's, now at 22-0, held the nation's number three ranking in both polls for the past four weeks. The Hawks received eight first-place votes in this week's AP poll.
During the 1965-66 season, Saint Joseph's started out the year ranked fourth in the preseason and then moved up to third on December 7. The Hawks then moved up to second on December 14 and remained there on in the December 21 poll until dropping to eighth the following week. SJU finished that season ranked fifth in the final poll.
This is also the highest ranking at this point in the season since 1964-65, when Saint Joseph's was ranked third for the eight consecutive weeks, including the final poll of the season.
SJU does hold the top spot in the nation in the current RPI, as calculated by www.collegerpi.
The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when they travel to Fordham for a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be televised on the Atlantic 10 Television Network and seen locally on Comcast SportsNet.