Bulldogs Climb To 17th In Associated Press Top 25
Jan. 11, 2010
By JIM O'CONNELL
Gonzaga moved up two spots to No. 17 in this week's Associated PRess college basketball poll.
The Bulldogs (12-3) won their only game of the week, opening West Coast Conference play Saturday with an 81-78 victory at Portland. The Bulldogs face two more tough road tests this week, heading to Saint Mary's Thursday and San Diego Saturday as the Bulldogs open WCC play with three straight road games.
After six weeks ranked No. 2, Texas is now where it has never been before: No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.
Kansas comfortably held the top spot in the preseason poll and for the first eight weeks of the season until Monday, a day after the Jayhawks lost to Tennessee.
Now it's Texas' turn at No. 1.
"My first thought last night was I didn't know who was No. 1 the second week of January last year, but I do know who won the national championship," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "It is pretty cool for our guys, though. It shows our program has grown to this point and it is a compliment to our program."
In addition to the six weeks at No. 2 this season, Texas was second for five weeks in the 2005-06 season. The Longhorns' first time at No. 1 was a no-doubter.
Texas (15-0) received 56 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky (16-0), which moved up one spot to second and is the only other undefeated Division I team, was No. 1 on nine ballots.
Kansas (14-1) fell to third after the 76-68 loss at Tennessee, which followed a midweek scare from Cornell. The nine weeks the Jayhawks spent at No. 1 gave them a total of 51 weeks in the top spot, fifth on the all-time list behind UCLA (134), Duke (111), North Carolina (105) and Kentucky (88). Kansas passed Cincinnati (45) and Indiana (43) with this season's run.
There was a lot of movement in the poll following a week in
which 15 ranked teams lost at least once, including five members
of the top 10.
Villanova was ranked No. 4, followed by Syracuse, Purdue, Michigan State, Duke, Tennessee and West Virginia. Georgetown moved up one spot to 11th with North Carolina 12th and Kansas State and Wisconsin tied for 13th. Connecticut was No. 15 followed by Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, BYU, Temple and Georgia Tech.
The last five ranked teams were Mississippi, Baylor, Miami, Clemson and Florida State.
Baylor, Miami and Clemson moved in this week replacing New Mexico, Texas Tech and Washington.
Texas' first game as No. 1 will be at Iowa State on Wednesday.
"When you're ranked and go on the road, people get excited regardless," Barnes said. "The energy and emotion are there for the team and crowd. It's something you embrace, to be ready to play every single night. The teams ranked year in year out know they'll get people's best shot."
Texas had a chance for another No. 1 last week but the football team lost to Alabama in the BCS championship game. The Longhorns basketball team is a blend of veterans and talented freshmen. "We have senior leadership for the first time since the Final Four team (2003) and Damion James and Justin Mason have really set a tone with the way they go about it every day," Barnes said. "We haven't talked about being No. 2 all season but I will address this with them because they'll have to deal with it, but I won't be surprised if they don't change much,"
Baylor (13-1) has won nine straight after its loss to Alabama in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic. The Bears were ranked for seven weeks last season.
Miami (15-1) has won seven in a row since losing its Atlantic Coast Conference opener to Boston College. The Hurricanes were ranked for four weeks last season.
Clemson (13-3) was ranked in the preseason poll and for the first three weeks of the season before falling out for two weeks, returning for two and dropping out again last week. The Tigers bounced back from a 21-point loss at Duke with a 16-point win over Boston College.
New Mexico (14-3) dropped out from No. 15 after losses last week to San Diego State and UNLV. Texas Tech (12-3) fell from 22nd after an 81-52 loss to Oklahoma State. Washington (10-5) dropped out from 24th after losing both games on its Arizona trip last week to fall to 1-3 in the Pac-10.
This is the first poll since the final one of 1986-87 that there hasn't been a team from the Pac-10 in the rankings. California and Washington were the only teams from the conference to have been in the Top 25 this season.
The Big East and ACC are tied for the most teams in this week's
poll with six. The Big East has four in the top 11 - Villanova,
Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgetown - while the ACC has four in
the final six - Georgia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Florida State.
The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll, with number of first-place votes and records in parentheses, total points and previous ranking: (Records through January 10, 2010) TEAM PTS PVS ---- --- --- 1. TEXAS (56) (15-0) 1,616 2 2. KENTUCKY (9) (16-0) 1,569 3 3. KANSAS (14-1) 1,441 1 4. VILLANOVA (14-1) 1,426 6 5. SYRACUSE (15-1) 1,353 7 6. PURDUE (14-1) 1,317 4 7. MICHIGAN ST (13-3) 1,191 10 8. DUKE (13-2) 1,178 5 9. TENNESSEE (12-2) 1,030 16 10. WEST VIRGINIA (12-2) 1,006 8 11. GEORGETOWN (12-2) 934 12 12. NORTH CAROLINA (12-4) 844 9 13. KANSAS ST (13-2) 746 11 14. WISCONSIN (13-3) 746 17 15. CONNECTICUT (11-4) 633 13 16. PITTSBURGH (13-2) 565 23 17. GONZAGA (12-3) 559 19 18. BYU (16-1) 456 25 19. TEMPLE (13-3) 388 21 20. GEORGIA TECH (12-3) 342 20 21. OLE MISS (12-3) 326 14 22. BAYLOR (13-1) 301 NR 23. MIAMI FL (15-1) 189 NR 24. CLEMSON (13-3) 167 NR 25. FLORIDA ST (13-3) 155 18 Dropped Out: No. 15 NEW MEXICO, No. 22 TEXAS TECH Others Receiving Votes: TEXAS A&M 126, NORTHERN IOWA 91, MISSOURI 64, MISSISSIPPI ST 61, NEW MEXICO 59, DAYTON 39, UAB 35, UNLV 28, OKLAHOMA ST 26, VANDERBILT 21, NOTRE DAME 18, WAKE FOREST 14, CORNELL 12, BUTLER 10, TEXAS TECH 10, MARQUETTE 9, VIRGINIA TECH 9, WILLIAM & MARY 8, LOUISIANA TECH 2, FLORIDA 2, HARVARD 1, MISSOURI ST 1, SIENA 1
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