Gonzaga Men's Hoops 13th In AP Top 25

Jan 14, 2002

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Duke returned to No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, while four schools moved into the Top 25 after a week in which ranked teams lost 17 games.

Gonzaga (15-2) continued its upward surge, moving five spots to 13th. The Bulldogs take a 12-game winning streak into Pepperdine Friday as the only two 2-0 teams in the West Coast Conference have an early-season showdown for the lead.

The Blue Devils (14-1) had been on top of the poll all season, including five straight weeks as a unanimous choice, until the loss at Florida State dropped them one spot.

Kansas took over at No. 1, but the Jayhawks (13-2) were there just one week. They lost 87-77 at UCLA on Saturday to snap a 13-game winning streak and dropped to fourth.

Florida (14-1) and Maryland (13-2) each moved up one place to second and third.

Duke, which plays host to Maryland on Thursday night, received 50 first-place votes and 1,776 points from the national media panel. The Gators, who have won 13 straight games, were No. 1 on 21 ballots and had 1,744 points.

Maryland, with one, was the only other team to receive a first-place vote.

Four teams joined the Top 25 this week: Southern California and Indiana had been ranked before this season, Georgia and Oregon are both in for the first time.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State held fifth and sixth and were followed in the Top Ten by Cincinnati, Syracuse, UCLA and Virginia.

Illinois dropped two spots to No. 11 and was followed by Kentucky, Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Arizona, Alabama, Iowa, Southern California, Stanford and Georgia.

The last five ranked teams were Missouri, Boston College, Oregon, Miami and Indiana.

Michigan State (9-7), which has lost four straight, fell out from 25th, the first time the Spartans haven't been ranked since Jan. 25, 1998, a run of 72 consecutive polls. Last season, the third straight Michigan State reached the Final Four, the Spartans were in the top five all season, reaching No. 1 for two weeks.

The other teams to fall out - No. 22 Mississippi State, No. 23 Pittsburgh and No. 24 Butler - had much shorter stays in the Top 25. Mississippi State and Pittsburgh were ranked for one week, Butler for three. Butler hadn't been in the poll since the 1948-49 season.

Southern California (13-2) was ranked 20th in the preseason poll and 24th in the first of the regular season before falling out. The Trojans have won nine straight games, the last an emotional 81-77 victory over UCLA last Thursday.

Georgia (14-2) last appeared in the poll for one week a season ago. The Bulldogs came in this week having won three straight, the middle one just their third victory ever at Kentucky.

Oregon (12-4) has won eight of nine since losing three straight to Massachusetts, Portland and Minnesota. The Ducks, who were last ranked for a two-week stint in 1999-00, have two wins over Arizona and another over Stanford in their last six games.

Indiana (11-5) returned to the rankings after being out for the last four weeks. The Hoosiers have won four straight, including last week's victories over Michigan State and Iowa, since losing three of four.

Michigan State and Mississippi State were the only ranked teams to lose twice last week. The Spartans lost to Indiana and Wisconsin, the latter ending the nation's longest home winning streak at 53 games. Mississippi State fell to Arkansas and Mississippi.

Gonzaga, which again had its highest AP ranking in school history, Arizona and Alabama made the week's biggest jumps, all moving up five spots to be 13th through 15th.

The Maryland-Duke game is one of 10 this week between ranked teams, with Kansas at Oklahoma State on Tuesday and Oklahoma at Kansas on Saturday, also between top five teams.

By The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                         Record  Pts  Pv 
 1. Duke (50)             14-1  1,776  2
 2. Florida (21)          14-1  1,744  3
 3. Maryland (1)          13-2  1,596  4
 4. Kansas                13-2  1,530  1
 5. Oklahoma              13-1  1,509  5
 6. Oklahoma St.          15-1  1,457  6
 7. Cincinnati            15-1  1,353 10
 8. Syracuse              15-2  1,222 12
 9. UCLA                  12-3  1,174 11
10. Virginia              10-2  1,021  7
11. Illinois              13-4    994  9
12. Kentucky              10-4    986  8
13. Gonzaga               15-2    931 18 
14. Wake Forest           13-3    838 19
15. Arizona               11-4    583 20
16. Alabama               14-3    541 14
17. Iowa                  13-5    505 13
18. Southern Cal          13-2    492  -
19. Stanford               9-4    441 14
20. Georgia               14-2    429  -
21. Missouri              12-4    390 17
22. Boston College        13-3    361 16
23. Oregon                12-4    297  -
24. Miami                 15-2    265 21
25. Indiana               11-5    226  -

Others receiving votes: Ohio St. 151, Pittsburgh 123, Texas 92, Butler 63, Notre Dame 49, Connecticut 41, Bowling Green 37, Marquette 32, Mississippi 30, Hawaii 23, Texas Tech 16, Mississippi St. 15, W. Kentucky 15, N.C. State 14, Georgetown 11, Arkansas 5, UC Irvine 5, Wyoming 5, BYU 4, Utah 4, California 2, Saint Joseph's 2.
 

 

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