Bulldogs Fifth In Associated Press Top 25

Jan. 30, 2006

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Northern Iowa is ranked for the first time and Michigan is back after a lengthy absence.

On a five-game winning streak, the Panthers made their poll debut at No. 25 and the Wolverines are ranked 21st in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

Northern Iowa (19-3) is no lightweight. The Panthers have been to the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons and have wins over Iowa and Louisiana State this season. They were one of three teams from the Missouri Valley Conference to make the NCAAs last season, and the conference is ranked sixth in the most recent RPI rankings, a spot ahead of the Pac-10.

The last time the Wolverines were ranked was at the end of the 1997-98 season, when the Wolverines were No. 12 in the final polls. Its return gives the Big Ten six teams in the poll.

Michigan's 15-3 start is its best since the beginning of the 1992-1993 season, when it was 16-2 and eventually reached the national title game for the second straight year. Tied atop the Big Ten standings with a 5-2 mark, the Wolverines already have surpassed last season's win total (13) and conference win total (four).

Michigan won back-to-back games against ranked opponents for first time in 12 years last week, defeating then-No. 11 Michigan State, 72-67, on Wednesday and then-No. 23 Wisconsin, 85-76, on Saturday.

The top three teams in the poll remain unchanged, led by Connecticut (18-1).

The Huskies received 65 of a possible 72 first-place votes and 1,793 points from the national media panel. Duke (19-1) received the remaining seven first-place votes and 1,727 points.

Memphis (17-2) remained third, followed by Villanova (15-2) and Gonzaga (17-3), both of whom rose two spots. The No. 5 rankings is the highest AP ranking for the Bulldogs since they finished the 2004 season ranked third in the country. This is also Gonzaga's seventh straight week in the Top 10, matching the Bulldogs streak for the last seven weeks of 2004.

Illinois (19-2) is sixth, followed by Texas (17-3), Florida (18-2), Pittsburgh (17-1) and George Washington (16-1). The Longhorns and Gators each dropped three spots while the Colonials jumped four.

West Virginia (15-4) starts the second 10 in front of Michigan State (16-5), Tennessee (14-3), UCLA (17-4) and Boston College (16-4). The Volunteers jumped six spots and the Eagles moved up from 20th.

After two losses, Washington (16-4) dropped six spots to No. 16 with Georgetown (14-4), North Carolina State (16-4), Oklahoma (13-4) and Ohio State (14-3) rounding out the top 20. The Buckeyes are just 3-3 after an 11-0 start.

The Wolverines, Indiana (12-5), Iowa (16-5), Louisiana State (14-5) and Northern Iowa complete the poll.

Iowa and LSU also joined the rankings this week. Maryland, Louisville, Wisconsin and Syracuse dropped out of the poll.

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 29, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. CONNECTICUT (65) (18-1)              1,793     1
 2. DUKE (7) (19-1)                      1,727     2
 3. MEMPHIS (19-2)                       1,638     3
 4. VILLANOVA (15-2)                     1,548     6
 5. GONZAGA (17-3)                       1,465     7
 6. ILLINOIS (19-2)                      1,414     8
 7. TEXAS (17-3)                         1,355     4
 8. FLORIDA (18-2)                       1,287     5
 9. PITTSBURGH (17-1)                    1,284    12
10. GEO WASHINGTON (16-1)                1,050    14
11. WEST VIRGINIA (15-4)                 1,013     9
12. MICHIGAN ST (16-5)                     933    11
13. TENNESSEE (14-3)                       827    19
14. UCLA (17-4)                            797    17
15. BOSTON COLLEGE (16-4)                  639    20
16. WASHINGTON (16-4)                      630    10
17. GEORGETOWN (14-4)                      599    21
18. NC STATE (16-4)                        529    15
19. OKLAHOMA (13-4)                        471    24
20. OHIO ST (14-3)                         464    16
21. MICHIGAN (15-3)                        440    NR
22. INDIANA (12-5)                         289    13
23. IOWA (16-5)                            288    NR
24. LSU (14-5)                             269    NR
25. NORTHERN IOWA (19-3)                   184    NR
Dropped Out: No. 18 MARYLAND, No. 22 LOUISVILLE, No. 23
WISCONSIN, No. 25 SYRACUSE
Others Receiving Votes: MARYLAND 139, COLORADO 83, NORTH
CAROLINA 53, WISCONSIN 45, BUCKNELL 34, UAB 25, SOUTHN
ILLINOIS 18, AIR FORCE 10, KENTUCKY 9, LOUISVILLE 9, UTAH ST
8, MARQUETTE 6, KANSAS 5, XAVIER 5, SETON HALL 4, AKRON 3,
CALIFORNIA 3, CREIGHTON 3, SAN DIEGO ST 2, GEORGE MASON 1,
IONA 1, STANFORD 1.

 

 

Twitter Logo
  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago
Instagram Logo
Facebook Logo
Annual Report 10_17_App_Promo_Icon ZAG_Promo_Icon Numerica Resume Book theW.tv Varsity Club University Kids Club
» «