Men's Basketball Continues Climb In Poll

Jan. 13, 2002

McLEAN, Va. (Ticker) - Duke remained No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY/ESPN coaches' poll, but its grip on the top ranking is slipping.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, continued its climb up the poll with a four-spot jump to 14th this week. The Bulldogs (15-2) opened West Coast Conference play with home victories over Santa Clara and San Diego to run their winning streak to 12.

The Blue Devils (13-1) had been the unanimous No. 1 choice for most of the season but garnered only 22 of 31 first-place votes and 762 points, just 15 more than Florida (14-1).

Duke retained the top ranking last week because it suffered its first loss of the season at Florida State on Jan. 6, just hours after the poll was released. The Blue Devils bounced back Thursday with a 104-79 thrashing of Georgia Tech and are playing another nationally televised Sunday night contest at North Carolina State.

The Gators extended their winning streak to a school-record 13 games this week with road victories over Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Florida also has reeled off 10 consecutive Southeastern Conference wins, one short of the school mark. Maryland (13-2) climbed one spot to third following Atlantic Coast Conference wins over North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.

Saturday's 87-77 loss at UCLA dropped Kansas (13-2) one spot, while Oklahoma (13-1) jumped two and leapfrogged Oklahoma State (15-1) into fifth. The Cowboys remained sixth (15-1), despite ending Iowa State's 19-game Big 12 Conference home winning streak on Saturday.

Oregon, which is just one-half game behind first-place USC in the Pac-10, finally cracked the top 25. Michigan State (9-7), Mississippi State (14-3) and Pittsburgh (15-2) dropped out of the rankings.

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Poll

Jan. 13, 2002

First-place votes in parentheses. Poll taken before Sunday night's games.

Rank  School             Record  Points  Last Week  
1. Duke (22)              13-1    762        1
2. Florida (9)            14-1    747        2
3. Maryland               13-2    701        4
4. Kansas                 13-2    646        3
5. Oklahoma               13-1    644        7
6. Oklahoma State         15-1    610        6
7. Syracuse               15-2    551        8
8. Cincinnati             15-1    531       12
9. Virginia               10-2    496        5
10. Illinois              13-4    455       10
11. UCLA                  12-3    426       14
12. Kentucky              10-4    408        9
13. Wake Forest           13-3    355       19
14. Gonzaga               15-2    342       18 
15. Iowa                  13-5    315       13
16. Stanford               9-4    290       11
17. Alabama               14-3    239       15
18. Arizona               11-4    208       21
19. Missouri              12-4    183       17
20. Miami (Fla.)          15-2    164       20
21. Boston College        13-3    144       16
22. Oregon                12-4    114       NR
23. Georgia               14-2     87       NR
(tie) Southern California 13-2     87       NR
25. Butler                15-2     67       23
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Michigan State (9-7), No. 24 Mississippi State (14-3), No. 25 Pittsburgh (15-2).

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Pittsburgh 60, Ohio State 59, North Carolina State 55, Texas 46, Georgetown 33, Connecticut 27, Western Kentucky 24, Mississippi State 22, Hawaii 18, Saint Joseph's 16, Wyoming 15, Temple 14, Bowling Green 13, Michigan State 13, Utah State 12, Southern Illinois 9, Texas Tech 9, Marquette 8, Indiana 7, South Florida 6, Xavier 6, Arkansas 5, Notre Dame 5, Memphis 4, UC-Irvine 4, Ball State 3, Mississippi 3, Tulsa 3, Arizona State 2, Valparaiso 2.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 Division I head coaches, by agreement with the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The 2001-02 voters: Dana Altman, Creighton, Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville, Jim Boeheim, Syracuse, Rickey Broussard, Nicholls State, Barry Collier, Nebraska, Dick Davey, Santa Clara, Fran Dunphy, Pennsylvania, Jessie Evans, Louisiana-Lafayette, Rob Evans, Arizona State, Patrick Flannery, Bucknell, Tom Green, Fairleigh Dickinson, Dan Hipsher, Akron, Bob Huggins, Cincinnati, Gene Keady, Purdue, Jim Kerwin, Western Illinois, Mack McCarthy, Virginia Commonwealth, Bobby McKillop, Davidson, Rick Majerus, Utah, Joe Mihalich, Niagara, Ron Mitchell, Coppin State, Dave Odom, South Carolina, Oliver Purnell, Dayton, Rick Samuels, Eastern Illinois, Joel Sobotka, Portland State, Kirk Speraw, Central Florida, Bob Thomason, Pacific, Perry Watson, Detroit Mercy, Davey Whitney, Alcorn State, Gary Williams, Maryland, Willis Wilson, Rice, Dennis Wolff, Boston University.

 

 

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