Bulldogs Make First Top 10 Poll Appearance

Feb. 4, 2002

ARLINGTON, Va. (SportsTicker) - Duke maintained its unanimous grip on the top spot while Oklahoma moved up three spots to fourth and Gonzaga made its inaugural appearance in the Top 10 in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Sunday night.

Duke (20-1) posted easy Atlantic Coast Conference wins over North Carolina and Clemson last week and received all 30 first-place votes and 750 points from a panel of Division I coaches.

The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 in all but one week this season, losing the top spot after their lone loss to Florida State three weeks ago.

Gonzaga (20-3) downed Portland 102-67 at home then pulled away late to top the Pilots 94-80 Saturday in Portland. Gonzaga was 14th last week.

Oklahoma (17-3) defeated then-No. 9 Oklahoma State and Texas this week to rise to fourth. The Sooners blew a 17-point lead in regulation before holding on for an 85-84 overtime victory over Texas on Saturday.

Kansas (19-2) and Maryland (18-3) remained second and third, respectively.

Cincinnati had its 20-game winning streak ended with a 74-60 loss to Marquette on Saturday, but the Bearcats fell just one spot in the poll, dropping to fifth. Marquette (19-3) moved into the poll at No. 22.

Alabama (19-3) is sixth and is followed by Florida (16-4), Virginia (14-5), Kentucky (15-5) and Gonzaga (20-3).

Miami (19-3) defeated Connecticut on Saturday and surged five spots to 11th. Oklahoma State (17-5) is next at No. 12 and is followed by Arizona (15-6), Illinois (15-7), Oregon (17-5), Wake Forest (16-6), Syracuse (17-6), UCLA (15-6), Georgia (17-5) and Stanford (13-6).

Pittsburgh (19-4), Ohio State (17-3), Marquette, Southern California (16-5) and Texas Tech (16-4) complete the poll.

Conencticut, Missouri and Indiana dropped out this week.

No. School      Record Pts Pv 
1 Duke (30)       20-1 750 1
2 Kansas          19-2 719 2
3 Maryland        18-3 689 3
4 Oklahoma        17-3 633 7
5 Cincinnati      20-2 615 4
6 Alabama         19-3 604 8
7 Florida         16-4 561 6
8 Virginia        14-5 532 5
9 Kentucky        15-5 498 11
10 Gonzaga        20-3 420 14 
11 Miami Fla      19-3 344 16
12 Oklahoma St    17-5 318 9
13 Arizona        15-6 312 18
14 Illinois       15-7 264 12
15 Oregon         17-5 260 NR
16 Wake Forest    16-6 245 19
17 Syracuse       17-6 240 10
18 UCLA           15-6 236 13
19 Georgia        17-5 226 17
20 Stanford       13-6 225 15
21 Pittsburgh     19-4 166 21
22 Ohio St        17-3 151 NR
23 Marquette      19-3 133 NR
24 USC            16-5 132 20
25 Texas Tech     16-4 113 23

Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 66, Xavier 61, Indiana 43, Hawaii 41, Missouri 35, Memphis 27, Western Ky 22, No Carolina St 22, Utah 9, Valparaiso 8, Tulsa 7, Boston College 6, Kent State 5, Southern Ill 4, Texas 3, Utah St 2, Pepperdine 1, Butler 1, Mississippi 1.
 

 

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