Gonzaga Up Two Spots In Coaches Poll

Jan. 31, 2005

BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) - For the second straight week, there was a shakeup among the top five teams in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Monday.

But Illinois (21-0), which garnered all 31 first-place votes and 775 points, remained atop the poll for the ninth straight week.

Kansas (16-1), which dropped from No. 2 to seventh after being pasted by Villanova last week, returned to third after posting impressive wins against Baylor and Texas. Prior to the Wildcats loss, the Jayhawks held the No. 2 ranking for nine straight weeks after debuting at No. 1 in the preseason poll.

Kentucky (16-2) moved up two spots to fourth and Boston College (18-0), the other undefeated Division I team, moved into the fifth spot after Big East Conference wins against Providence and Georgetown.

Last week, Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse made moves among the top 5.

This week, North Carolina (17-2) moved up one spot to No. 2, replacing Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke (16-1), which dropped four spots after losing to Maryland.

Also getting knocked out of the top 5 were Wake Forest (17-3), which dropped two slots to seventh after an overtime loss to Georgia Tech, and Syracuse (20-2), which squandered a 17-point first-half lead in a loss to Pittsburgh to fall to No. 8.

Louisville (18-3) and Michigan State (14-3) round out the top 10.

The second 10 is paced by Oklahoma State (15-3), Washington (17-3) and Arizona (17-4). Alabama (17-3) moved up three spots to No. 14 after victories against Auburn and Georgia, and Pittsburgh (14-3) also gained three slots.

Oklahoma (16-3) is No. 16, followed by Cincinnati (17-3) and Texas (15-5), which dropped five slots after getting pounded by Kansas. Wisconsin (14-4) stayed put at No. 19 and Connecticut dropped four slots after being knocked off by Notre Dame.

Gonzaga (15-4), Utah (17-3), Georgia Tech (12-6), Maryland (13-5) and Villanova (12-4), which joined the rankings this week after wins against Notre Dame and Rutgers, round out the top 25.

Maryland returned to the rankings after a four-week absence with victories against Duke and Georgia Tech.

Mississippi State and Iowa dropped out of the rankings this week.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball
coaches' 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 (21) (21-0)                   775     1
 2. NORTH CAROLINA (17-2)                  728     3
 3. KANSAS (16-1)                          686     7
 4. KENTUCKY (16-2)                        660     6
 5. BOSTON COLLEGE (18-0)                  643     8
 6. DUKE (16-1)                            624     2
 7. WAKE FOREST (17-3)                     580     5
 8. SYRACUSE (20-2)                        575     4
 9. LOUISVILLE (18-3)                      524    12
10. MICHIGAN ST (14-3)                     468    13
11. OKLAHOMA ST (15-3)                     463     9
12. WASHINGTON (17-3)                      410    10
13. ARIZONA (17-4)                         374    11
14. ALABAMA (17-3)                         371    17
15. PITTSBURGH (14-3)                      341    18
16. OKLAHOMA (16-3)                        310    15
17. CINCINNATI (17-3)                      280    20
18. TEXAS (15-5)                           253    13
19. WISCONSIN (14-4)                       223    19
20. CONNECTICUT (12-5)                     166    16
21. GONZAGA (15-4)                         141    23
22. UTAH (17-3)                            111    25
23. GEORGIA TECH (12-6)                     98    21
24. MARYLAND (13-5)                         62    NR
25. VILLANOVA (12-4)                        36    NR
Dropped Out: No. 22 Mississippi St, No. 24 Iowa
Others Receiving Votes: WICHITA ST 34, PACIFIC 32, IOWA 30,
MISSISSIPPI ST 18, ST MARYS CA 15, TEXAS TECH 9, NOTRE DAME
7, FLORIDA 5, UAB 3, ARIZONA ST 3, OLD DOMINION 3,
VANDERBILT 3, CHARLOTTE 2, NEW MEXICO 2, STANFORD 2, AIR
FORCE 1, LSU 1, VERMONT 1, WEST VIRGINIA 1.

 

 

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