Bulldogs Jump Four Spots In ESPN/USA Today Hoops Poll

Jan. 4, 2010

McLEAN, Va. - Gonzaga, riding a three-game winning streak that includes victories over Oklahoma and Illinois, jumped four spots to No. 18 in this week's ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches poll.

The 11-3 Bulldogs now turn their attention to the start of West Coast Conference play Saturday at Portland, the team picked second behind the Bulldogs in this year's pre-season vote of WCC coaches. The Bulldogs play their first three WCC contests on the road with games Jan. 14 at Saint Mary's and Jan. 16 at San Diego, the other two teams given the best shot of keeping the Bulldogs from a 10th straight regular-season title.

Four unbeatens remain in NCAA Division I basketball -- and they are the top four teams in this week's poll.

Kansas (13-0), Texas (13-0), Kentucky (15-0) and Purdue (13-0) are the top four in the rankings for the second week in a row. Syracuse and West Virginia, unbeaten heading into play last week, both lost and fell in the rankings -- Syracuse (13-1) from fifth to seventh, West Virginia (11-1) from sixth to eighth.

That opened the door for Duke (12-1) and Villanova (13-1) to each climb two spots to fifth and sixth, respectively. North Carolina (11-3) remained ninth in the latest rankings, followed by Kansas State (13-1), which climbed from 12th to 10th.

Connecticut (10-3), which lost its Big East opener to Cincinnati, fell from 10th to 13th.

This week's schedule offers few battles of ranked teams. Saturday, Connecticut is at No. 12 Georgetown (noon ET, ESPN), while Duke visits No. 17 Georgia Tech (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Sunday, Kansas faces No. 15 Tennessee.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball poll, with number of first-place votes and record in parentheses, total points and previous ranking: (Records through January 3, 2010)

Rank/School	        Rec	Pts	Prev
 1.	Kansas (30)     13-0    774      1
 2.	Texas (1)       13-0    742      2
 3.	Kentucky        15-0    705      3
 4.	Purdue          13-0    693      4
 5.	Duke            12-1    646      7
 6.	Villanova       12-1    608      8
 7.	Syracuse        13-1    545      5
 8. 	West Virginia   11-1    543      6
 9.	North Carolina  11-3    540      9
10.	Kansas State    13-1    484     12
11.	Michigan State  11-3    472     11
12.	Georgetown      11-1    441     13
13.	Connecticut     10-3    375     10
14.	New Mexico      14-1    323     17
15.	Tennessee       10-2    302     14
16.	Mississippi     11-2    244     21
17.	Georgia Tech    11-2    234     20
18.	Gonzaga         11-3    219     22
19.	Florida State   12-2    140     25
20. 	Wisconsin       12-2    133     NR
21.	Clemson         12-3    113     18
22.	Washington      10-3    104     16
23.	Brigham Young   14-1     97     NR
24.	Butler          10-4     81     23
25.	Temple          11-3     79     19
Dropped out: No. 15 Ohio State, No. 24 Texas Tech.

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh (12-2) 50; Texas Tech (12-2) 42; Ohio State (10-4) 41; UNLV (12-2) 39; Wake Forest (11-2) 36; Northern Iowa (12-1) 35; Baylor (11-1) 26; Florida (11-3) 24; Cincinnati (10-3) 19; William & Mary (10-2) 19; Saint Mary's (13-2) 16; Cornell (12-2) 15; California (9-4) 13; Texas A&M (10-3) 12; Alabama-Birmingham (12-2) 9; Rhode Island (11-1) 9; Virginia Tech (12-1) 9; Oklahoma State (11-2) 8; Dayton (10-3) 7; Southern California (10-4) 7; Mississippi State (12-2) 2.

 

 

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