Bulldogs Still Sixth In AP Rankings

Jan. 16, 2006

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Although they are just one of three remaining unbeaten teams left in Division I-A, the Pittsburgh Panthers have had to work hard to gain respect.

The Panthers climbed three spots to ninth in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

Going unranked in the first eight editions, Pittsburgh (14-0) only entered the poll two weeks ago at 22nd. It has jumped 13 spots since, starting a campaign with 14 straight wins for the second time in three years.

Getting a season-high 13 points from freshman guard Levance Fields on Sunday, the Panthers beat then-No. 10 Louisville, 61-57, to improve to 3-0 in the Big East Conference.

While Pittsburgh has been overlooked for the most part, the other two undefeated teams sit atop the poll once again.

No. 1 Duke (16-0) retained its top spot after impressive wins over Maryland and Clemson, receiving 71 of a possible 72 first-place votes and 1,799 points from the 72-member national media panel.

Florida (16-0) remained second, capturing the other first-place vote and 1,715 points after beating both Southeastern Conference foes Mississippi State and Auburn during the week.

Connecticut (14-1) is third, followed by Memphis (15-2) and Texas (14-2). The Longhorns moved up three spots after their sixth straight win Saturday against Villanova. Consecutive losses to Duke and Tennessee in December dropped them as low as 15th.

Gonzaga (13-3), which faces Loyola Marymount Monday night in a battle of West Coast Conference undefeateds, and Illinois (16-1) remained sixth and seventh, respectively. Villanova (11-2) dropped five spots to eighth following a loss to Texas on Saturday. The Panthers and Washington (14-2) complete the first 10.

Following a pair of Big Ten Conference wins over Indiana and Ohio State, Michigan State (14-4) jumped up three spots to 11th, in front of West Virginia (12-3), the Hoosiers (10-3) and North Carolina State (14-2).

The biggest mover this week was Wisconsin (14-2), which shot up six spots to 15th, followed by George Washington (12-1), Louisville (13-3) and UCLA (14-3).

The Buckeyes (12-2) remained 19th despite their double-overtime setback against the Spartans on Sunday.

Returning to the poll after a seven-week absence, Syracuse (15-2) is 20th on the strength of a 13-game winning streak.

Boston College (12-4) is 21st, followed by Maryland (12-4) and Iowa (13-4), which also moved back into the poll for the first time in four weeks.

North Carolina (10-3) and Oklahoma (10-4) fill out the last two spots.

Arizona and Cincinnati dropped out.

The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll, with
number of first-place votes and record in parentheses, total
points and previous ranking:
(Records through January 15, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. DUKE (71) (16-0)                     1,799     1
 2. FLORIDA (1) (16-0)                   1,715     2
 3. CONNECTICUT (14-1)                   1,616     4
 4. MEMPHIS (15-2)                       1,490     5
 5. TEXAS (14-2)                         1,459     8
 6. GONZAGA (13-3)                       1,389     6
 7. ILLINOIS (16-1)                      1,370     7
 8. VILLANOVA (11-2)                     1,350     3
 9. PITTSBURGH (14-0)                    1,291    12
10. WASHINGTON (14-2)                    1,051    13
11. MICHIGAN ST (14-4)                     959    14
12. WEST VIRGINIA (12-3)                   952    16
13. INDIANA (10-3)                         808     9
14. NC STATE (14-2)                        788    18
15. WISCONSIN (14-2)                       757    21
16. GEO WASHINGTON (12-1)                  728    17
17. LOUISVILLE (13-3)                      716    10
18. UCLA (14-3)                            687    11
19. OHIO ST (12-2)                         483    19
20. SYRACUSE (15-2)                        423    NR
21. BOSTON COLLEGE (12-4)                  333    15
22. MARYLAND (12-4)                        260    23
23. IOWA (13-4)                            250    NR
24. NORTH CAROLINA (10-3)                  221    20
25. OKLAHOMA (10-4)                         94    22
Dropped Out: No. 24 ARIZONA, No. 25 CINCINNATI
Others Receiving Votes: XAVIER 86, TENNESSEE 83, SOUTHN
ILLINOIS 41, AIR FORCE 26, LSU 21, NEVADA 21, NEBRASKA 18,
NORTHERN IOWA 16, BUCKNELL 14, WAKE FOREST 12, CINCINNATI
11, OHIO 10, UAB 9, ARIZONA 7, OLE MISS 7, KANSAS 6,
MICHIGAN 6, OLD DOMINION 5, MIAMI FL 3, VANDERBILT 3,
ALABAMA 2, KENTUCKY 2, IONA 1, MONTANA 1.

 

 

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