Gonzaga Holds Steady At No. 17 In AP Poll
Jan. 31, 2005
By JIM O'CONNELL
An impressive win at Wisconsin and a home victory over Minnesota kept the Illini (21-0) unbeaten. Unlike last week when they received all but one first-place votes from the national media panel, the Illini were No. 1 on all 72 ballots.
They are the first unanimous No. 1 since Duke did it for nine polls in a 10-week span in 2001-02. The Illini's nine-week run at No. 1 is the longest since Connecticut was there for 10 weeks in 1998-99.
Boston College (18-0), the only other unbeaten team in Division I, jumped from eighth to No. 5, the highest ranking in school history.
Maryland and Villanova moved into the rankings Monday. Maryland had been out of the Top 25 for three weeks, while Villanova was in for the first time since 1996-97.
North Carolina moved up one spot to second, while Kansas, which bounced back from its first loss of the season with wins over Baylor and Texas, jumped from sixth to No. 3.
Duke, which received the one No. 1 vote that Illinois didn't last week, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a loss to Maryland and dropped from second to fourth.
Boston College, which stayed unbeaten with wins over Providence and Georgetown last week, was ranked sixth twice before.
The Eagles reached No. 6 for one week in December 1967 when Bob Cousy was the coach and Terry Driscoll was the star player. They got there again for a week in December 1983 when Gary Williams was coaching Michael Adams.
Kentucky moved up one spot to No. 6 and was followed by Wake Forest, Syracuse, Louisville and Oklahoma State.
Alabama jumped from 14th to No. 11, its highest ranking of the season, and was followed by Michigan State, Washington and Oklahoma and Arizona, which were tied for 14th. Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Texas rounded out the top 20.
The last five ranked teams were Utah, Maryland, Connecticut, Villanova and Georgia Tech.
Maryland (13-5) was ranked as high as 12th this season before falling out of the Top 25 three weeks ago. The Terrapins had lost three of five before beating Duke and Georgia Tech last week to return to the ranks of the ranked.
Villanova (12-4) lost to Georgetown by two points and Boston College by one before handing Kansas its first loss of the season, a 21-point win that caught the country's attention. Last week the Wildcats beat Notre Dame and Rutgers.
The last season Villanova was in the rankings, the Wildcats got up to No. 4.
Iowa (15-5), which lost to Northwestern and beat Indiana last week, dropped out from No. 23. The Hawkeyes were ranked for the last nine weeks, getting as high as 14th.
Mississippi State (16-5) lost to LSU in its only game last week and fell out from 24th. The Bulldogs were No. 12 in the preseason poll and were ranked every week, reaching as high as No. 11. Mississippi State is 2-3 since guard Winsome Frazier broke his foot.
Thirteen ranked teams lost last week, but six of the losses were to other members of the Top 25.
Duke will play in two of the five games this week involving two ranked teams. On Wednesday, the Blue Devils are at Wake Forest and they host Georgia Tech on Saturday.
The other double-ranked games are Illinois at Michigan State on Tuesday, Villanova at Connecticut and Cincinnati at Louisville on Wednesday.
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 30, 2005) TEAM PTS PVS ---- --- --- 1. ILLINOIS (72) (21-0) 1,800 1 2. NORTH CAROLINA (17-2) 1,707 3 3. KANSAS (16-1) 1,603 6 4. DUKE (16-1) 1,514 2 5. BOSTON COLLEGE (18-0) 1,505 8 6. KENTUCKY (16-2) 1,497 7 7. WAKE FOREST (17-3) 1,337 5 8. SYRACUSE (20-2) 1,318 4 9. LOUISVILLE (18-3) 1,208 12 10. OKLAHOMA ST (15-3) 1,062 9 11. ALABAMA (17-3) 982 14 12. MICHIGAN ST (14-3) 916 15 13. WASHINGTON (17-3) 910 10 14. (tie) ARIZONA (17-4) 815 11 14. (tie) OKLAHOMA (16-3) 815 13 16. PITTSBURGH (14-3) 738 20 17. GONZAGA (15-4) 569 17 18. CINCINNATI (17-3) 558 21 19. WISCONSIN (14-4) 496 18 20. TEXAS (15-5) 396 16 21. UTAH (17-3) 305 25 22. MARYLAND (13-5) 259 NR 23. CONNECTICUT (12-5) 256 19 24. VILLANOVA (12-4) 228 NR 25. GEORGIA TECH (12-6) 213 22 Dropped Out: No. 23 Iowa, No. 24 Mississippi St Others Receiving Votes: IOWA 113, WICHITA ST 85, PACIFIC 52, MISSISSIPPI ST 46, FLORIDA 19, NOTRE DAME 17, CHARLOTTE 16, ST MARYS CA 9, MARQUETTE 4, STANFORD 4, TEXAS TECH 4, OLD DOMINION 3, TEXAS A&M 2, HOLY CROSS 1, TEXAS EL PASO 1.
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