Bulldogs 14th In USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25

Jan. 28, 2002

Duke University (17-1) remained a unanimous No. 1 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 men's basketball poll this week, while Gonzaga University moved up four notches to 14th.

The Blue Devils received all 31 first place votes. The University of Kansas held second and the University of Maryland remained third. The poll was taken prior to Duke's Sunday victory over the University of Virginia.

Gonzaga (18-3), fresh off a weekend home sweep of the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College, matched its highest regular-season ranking in the USA TODAY/ESPN poll, the Bulldogs also 14th two week's ago prior to falling to 18th last week. Gonzaga plays a home-and-home series with the University of Portland this week, hosting the Pilots on Wednesday and heading to the Rose City for a Saturday re-match at the Chiles Center.

The University of Alabama made one of the biggest jumps in the poll, climbing from 14th to 8th on the stregnth of Saturday's road win at the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats slipped from 9th to 11th.

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Poll

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

Rank  School            Record  Points  Last Week
1. Duke (31)             17-1    775        1
2. Kansas                17-2    739        2
3. Maryland              16-3    708        3
4. Cincinnati            19-1    685        5
5. Virginia              14-2    624        7
6. Florida               15-3    599        4
7. Oklahoma              15-3    555        6
8. Alabama               17-3    502       14t
9. Oklahoma State        17-3    455       11
10. Syracuse             17-4    422       10
11. Kentucky             13-5    404        9
12. Illinois             15-5    399        8
13. UCLA                 14-5    333       13
14. Gonzaga              18-3    308       18
15. Stanford             12-5    295       14t
16. Miami (Fla).         18-2    275       19
17. Georgia              16-4    241       17
18. Arizona              13-6    225       12
19. Wake Forest          14-6    197       16
20. Southern California  15-4    171       22
21. Pittsburgh           18-3    160       25
22. Connecticut          14-3    158       NR
23. Texas Tech           15-3    141       NR
24. Missouri             15-5    111       20
25. Indiana              13-6     96       NR
DROPPED OUT: No. 21 Oregon (15-5), No. 23 Ohio State (15-3), No. 24 Iowa (14-8).

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Oregon 95, Ohio State 79, North Carolina State 46, Xavier 39, Hawaii 35, Texas 35, Western Kentucky 27, Marquette 26, Temple 17, Wyoming 13, Memphis 11, Iowa 10, Utah State 9, Ball State 8, Saint Joseph's 8, Mississippi 7, Southern Illinois 7, Valparaiso 7, Georgetown 4, Kent State 4, Michigan State 3, Boston College 2, Butler 2, Utah 2, Arizona State 1.

 

 

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