Gonzaga Moves To 7th In Coaches Poll

Jan. 9, 2006

BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) - Off to its best start in school history, unbeaten Florida rose three spots to second in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Monday.

After a pair of lopsided wins last week, Florida (14-0) garnered 739 points.

Duke (14-0), which posted an impressive 82-64 victory at Wake Forest on Sunday, remained the nation's top-ranked team. The polls only No. 1 team this season, the Blue Devils picked up all 31 first-place votes and 775 points.

Despite suffering its first loss of the season Sunday against West Virginia, Villanova (10-1) remained third with 672 points.

Connecticut (12-1) also received its first blemish of the season with a 94-79 loss at Marquette, and dropped two spots to fourth. Memphis (13-2) rounded out the first five.

Illinois (15-1), which lost at Iowa on Saturday for its first defeat, remained sixth.

Gonzaga (11-3) is seventh, followed by Indiana (10-2), Texas (12-2) and Louisville (12-2). Texas jumped seven spots in the rankings after wins against Memphis and Colorado. Gonzaga is at Santa Clara for a Big Monday matchup on ESPN2 that tips at 9 p.m. PST.

Pittsburgh (12-0), one of three unbeatens left, is 11th. UCLA (13-2) is 12th, followed by Washington (12-2), Boston College (11-3) and Michigan State (12-4).

Ohio State (11-1) suffered its first loss of the season with a defeat at Indiana but rose two spots to 16th. Wisconsin (12-2) is 17th, followed by North Carolina State (12-2), George Washington (10-1) and improving North Carolina (9-2).

The final five are Maryland (11-3), Oklahoma (9-3), West Virginia (10-3), Syracuse (13-2) and Arizona (10-4). West Virginia and Syracuse both entered the rankings.

Kentucky and Wake Forest dropped out of the rankings.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball
coaches' poll, with number of first-place votes and record
in parentheses, total points and previous ranking:
(Records through January 8, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. DUKE (31) (14-0)                       775     1
 2. FLORIDA (14-0)                         739     5
 3. VILLANOVA (10-1)                       672     3
 4. CONNECTICUT (12-1)                     662     2
 5. MEMPHIS (13-2)                         653     4
 6. ILLINOIS (15-1)                        604     6
 7. GONZAGA (11-3)                         556     9
 8. INDIANA (10-2)                         499    15
 9. TEXAS (12-2)                           490    16
10. LOUISVILLE (12-2)                      463     8
11. PITTSBURGH (12-0)                      404    20
12. UCLA (13-2)                            396    17
13. WASHINGTON (12-2)                      356    10
14. BOSTON COLLEGE (11-3)                  309    11
15. MICHIGAN ST (12-4)                     287     7
16. OHIO ST (11-1)                         275    18
17. WISCONSIN (12-2)                       256    24
18. NC STATE (12-2)                        251    12
19. GEO WASHINGTON (10-1)                  218    19
20. NORTH CAROLINA (9-2)                   192    25
21. MARYLAND (11-3)                        174    12
22. OKLAHOMA (9-3)                         173    14
23. WEST VIRGINIA (10-3)                   131    NR
24. SYRACUSE (13-2)                         96    NR
25. ARIZONA (10-4)                          77    23
Dropped Out: No. 21 KENTUCKY, No. 22 WAKE FOREST
Others Receiving Votes: CINCINNATI 58, AIR FORCE 46,
TENNESSEE 46, IOWA 36, WAKE FOREST 34, COLORADO 27, MICHIGAN
23, KENTUCKY 20, NORTHERN IOWA 18, TEXAS A&M 9, BUCKNELL 8,
NEVADA 7, XAVIER 7, VANDERBILT 6, NOTRE DAME 5, KANSAS 4,
WASHINGTON ST 4, BUFFALO 3, ARKANSAS 2, FLORIDA ST 2, IOWA
ST 2.

 

 

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