Gonzaga Drops Out Of ESPN/USA Today Top 10 To 13th

Feb. 1, 2010

McLEAN, Va. - Gonzaga, which suffered its first loss of the West Coast Conference season Saturday at San Francisco, fell five spots to 13th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 men's basketball poll after being ranked in the Top 10 each of the past two weeks.

The Bulldogs entered the Top 10 two week's ago in the 10th spot, then moved to eighth last week. The Bulldogs are 17-4 overall, 6-1 and tied for first with Saint Mary's in the WCC. Gonzaga will host Portland, third in the WCC at 5-2, Thursday.

Kansas has the bull's eye on its back now.

Last week, Kentucky was No. 1 - and promptly lost.

Two weeks ago, Texas was No. 1 - and has lost three of four games since.

Kansas (20-1) knocked off Missouri and Kansas State (in overtime) last week to climb back to the top of the ESPN/USA Today coaches' rankings, released Monday.

The Jayhawks were No. 1 as recently as Jan. 4, but lost to Tennessee, ending a nine-week run which began with the preseason rankings.

Villanova (19-1) moved up to No. 2, followed by Kentucky (20-1), Syracuse (21-1) and Michigan State (19-3).

Texas fell all the way from sixth to 10th, behind West Virginia (17-3), Purdue (18-3), Georgetown (16-4) and Duke (17-4).

Purdue climbed five spots while West Virginia and Georgetown each moved up three.

Kansas State moved up two spots to No. 11 despite losing to Kansas.

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 31, 2010)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. KANSAS (26) (20-1)                     769     2
 2. VILLANOVA (4) (19-1)                   735     3
 3. KENTUCKY (1) (20-1)                    705     1
 4. SYRACUSE (21-1)                        703     4
 5. MICHIGAN ST (19-3)                     652     5
 6. WEST VIRGINIA (17-3)                   596     9
 7. PURDUE (18-3)                          552    12
 8. GEORGETOWN (16-4)                      550    11
 9. DUKE (17-4)                            503     7
10. TEXAS (18-3)                           495     6
11. KANSAS ST (17-4)                       433    13
12. BYU (21-2)                             432    10
13. GONZAGA (17-4)                         351     8
14. TENNESSEE (16-4)                       330    14
15. BUTLER (18-4)                          297    18
16. WISCONSIN (16-5)                       277    16
17. TEMPLE (18-4)                          253    15
18. OHIO ST (16-6)                         245    24
19. GEORGIA TECH (16-5)                    211    22
20. VANDERBILT (16-4)                      160    23
21. PITTSBURGH (16-5)                      133    17
22. NORTHERN IOWA (19-2)                   129    25
23. NEW MEXICO (20-3)                      125    NR
24. BAYLOR (16-4)                          109    NR
25. CORNELL (18-3)                          53    NR
Dropped Out: No. 21 CLEMSON
Others Receiving Votes: OLE MISS 52, CLEMSON 47, FLORIDA ST
34, MISSOURI 32, UAB 21, SAINT MARYS CA 18, XAVIER 15, RHODE
ISLAND 11, UNLV 11, SIENA 8, CONNECTICUT 6, MARYLAND 5,
LOUISIANA TECH 4, VIRGINIA TECH 4, TULSA 3, CALIFORNIA 2,
OKLAHOMA ST 2

 

 

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