Bulldogs 11th In Associated Press Top 25
Jan 28, 2002
By JIM O'CONNELL
Bob Knight's first season at Texas Tech has the Red Raiders where they haven't been in five years - the Top 25.
While the top six teams in the AP college basketball poll held their places from last week, Texas Tech joined the ranks of the ranked Monday.
The Red Raiders (15-3), who finished tied for last in the Big 12 last season with a 3-13 record, entered the poll at No. 20 following a seven-day period in which they beat two Top 10 teams - Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Knight last had a team ranked in 1999-2000, his 29th and final season at Indiana. Texas Tech was last ranked in the 1996-97 season when it was in the poll for 10 weeks, reaching as high as 18th.
Duke (18-1), which beat Boston College and Virginia last week to extend its winning streak to six games, was a unanimous No. 1 again, receiving all 71 first-place votes from the national media panel.
The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for all but one week this season and this was the seventh time they were a unanimous selection.
Kansas, the team that was No. 1 the week Duke wasn't, Maryland, Cincinnati, Florida and Oklahoma held second through sixth, but a week that saw 16 ranked teams lose - including six in the Top 10 - caused plenty of movement throughout the rest of the poll.
Alabama, which beat Kentucky in its only game last week, jumped from 14th to No. 7 and was followed in the Top 10 by Virginia, Oklahoma State and Kentucky.
Gonzaga, at its highest ranking in school history, moved up five spots to No. 11, followed by Illinois, UCLA, Syracuse, Miami, Georgia, Connecticut, Stanford, Arizona and Texas Tech. The Bulldogs' previous highest ranking in the AP poll was 13th two week's ago.
Pittsburgh, the week's other newcomer, Missouri, Southern California, Wake Forest and Ohio State rounded out the Top 25.
Texas Tech's 92-79 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday came a week after a win over Oklahoma State and two weeks after a 98-72 loss at Oklahoma.
"The kids really didn't talk much about it," Texas Tech assistant coach Bob Beyer said Monday of the team's move toward the Top 25. "Going into this weekend what the kids wanted to do was prove they could play with Oklahoma. That was a very embarrassing loss and we were never in that game. When we got a return shot at Oklahoma what they wanted to do was say we could play with this team and hopefully be in a position to win.
"They haven't talked much about being in the Top 25 but they have done a good job of keeping focus on a daily basis."
This was the fourth straight week at least 14 ranked teams lost at least one game and this time the glut of losses cost Oregon and Texas their spots in the poll.
Pittsburgh (18-3) was ranked for one week at No. 22, then fell out for the last two after losing to Notre Dame. The Panthers then lost to Miami in double overtime, but since have sandwiched wins over Georgetown around another over Syracuse.
Oregon (15-5) dropped out from 19th after a two-week run in the rankings. The Ducks split with the Washington schools this week, dropping a 97-92 decision at Washington.
Texas (14-5) was a one-week wonder. The Longhorns moved into the rankings for the first time this season last Monday at No. 24, then lost that night to Texas A&M 80-74.
Connecticut and Arizona, whose overtime game on Saturday was one of the season's most exciting to date, had the week's biggest rise and fall.
The Huskies, who prevailed 100-98 for the road win, jumped from 25th to No. 17. The Wildcats, the only ranked team to lose two games last week as they also fell to Arizona State, fell from No. 10 to 19th.
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. 27, 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 (71) 18-1 1,775 1 2. Kansas 17-2 1,695 2 3. Maryland 16-3 1,602 3 4. Cincinnati 19-1 1,591 4 5. Florida 15-3 1,387 5 6. Oklahoma 15-3 1,304 6 7. Alabama 17-3 1,243 14 8. Virginia 14-3 1,235 7 9. Oklahoma St. 17-3 1,148 11 10. Kentucky 13-5 1,031 8 11. Gonzaga 18-3 866 16 12. Illinois 15-5 841 9 13. UCLA 14-5 776 13 14. Syracuse 17-4 756 12 15. Miami 18-2 642 22 16. Georgia 16-4 638 15 17. Connecticut 14-3 616 25 18. Stanford 12-5 556 17 19. Arizona 13-6 527 10 20. Texas Tech 15-3 425 - 21. Pittsburgh 18-3 375 - 22. Missouri 15-5 361 18 23. Southern Cal 15-4 360 23 24. Wake Forest 14-6 249 21 25. Ohio St. 15-3 227 20Others receiving votes: Oregon 222, Indiana 214, Marquette 87, N.C. State 77, Texas 67, Memphis 64, Mississippi 22, Utah 22, California 18, W. Kentucky 15, Hawaii 12, Xavier 11, Wyoming 6, Mississippi St. 4, Pepperdine 3, Penn 2, Saint Joseph's 2, Boston College 1.
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