Bulldogs 9th In AP Top 25
Feb 4, 2002
By JIM O'CONNELL
Duke is No. 2 at being No. 1.
The Blue Devils were the top-ranked team in The AP college basketball poll Monday, their 12th week this season leading the Top 25 and the 88th time in school history they have been No. 1.
Only UCLA, with 128 weeks, has spent more time on top of the rankings, which began in January 1949.
Duke (20-1), which beat rival North Carolina and Clemson last week, received all 71 first-place votes from the national media panel - its third straight week and eighth overall this season as a unanimous pick - to break a tie with Kentucky for the second-most weeks at No. 1.
Gonzaga made its first appearance in the Top 10, checking in at No. 9. The Bulldogs (20-3) were ranked 11th last week.
"This is great for the program," third-year head coach Mark Few said. "As I've said before, I think this program is to the point where it deserves the respect it is now getting. We've lost the Cinderalla tag, and have demonstrated the past three years have not been a flash in the pan thing. I'm happy for our players because they have worked hard to reach this level."
But Few knows there are still plenty of tough games left.
"We just have a bigger target painted on us," Few said. "Plus, we go to two of the toughest gyms in our league this week. They'll be ready and waiting for us."
The Bulldogs visit Santa Clara on Thursday and San Diego on Saturday in a pair of West Coastr Conference games.
The Blue Devils started the season fourth on the list with 76 weeks on top. In December, they passed North Carolina, which has 81.
Kansas (19-2), which beat Missouri and Colorado last week, and Maryland (18-3), which defeated Virginia and North Carolina State, were second and third for the third straight week.
Otherwise, there was quite a shake-up in the Top 25 - 21 teams shifted places after 15 ranked teams lost a total of 20 games during the past week. It was the fifth straight week at least 14 ranked teams lost.
New No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Alabama each moved up two spots, while Cincinnati, which had its 20-game winning streak snapped Saturday by Marquette, dropped from fourth to No. 6.
Kentucky, Florida, Gonzaga and Virginia rounded out the Top Ten.
It's the first Top Ten appearance in school history for Gonzaga (20-3), while Virginia (14-5) only fell two places despite losing to Maryland and Missouri.
Arizona beat California and Stanford to jump from 19th to 11th, and was followed by Miami, Oregon, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia, Marquette, Wake Forest and Stanford.
The last five ranked teams were Illinois, Missouri, Syracuse, Texas Tech and Southern California.
Oregon and Marquette both returned to the rankings.
The Ducks (17-5), who beat UCLA and Southern California, moved in at No. 13 after being out for one week. Oregon had been ranked for two weeks before losing to Washington and falling out.
Marquette (19-3) had been ranked for six weeks, reaching as high as No. 14, before falling out when it lost three of four games. But the victory over Cincinnati moved the Golden Eagles in at No. 18 after not being ranked for four weeks.
Two Big East teams - Connecticut and Pittsburgh - fell out of the Top 25.
The Huskies (14-5) lost to Rutgers and Miami, dropping out from No. 17 after two weeks in the rankings.
Pittsburgh (19-4) lost to Notre Dame and beat Villanova, but the Panthers dropped out from 21st just one week after returning to the poll.
Oklahoma State, Illinois and Syracuse joined Virginia and Connecticut as ranked teams losing two games last week.
Illinois, which fell to Ohio State and Michigan State, and Syracuse, which lost to Georgetown and Rutgers, both had the week's biggest drops, falling nine spots to 21st and 23rd, respectively.
The week's biggest climb was Ohio State's move from No. 25 to 16th after beating Illinois and Northwestern.
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pv 1. Duke (71) 20-1 1,775 1 2. Kansas 19-2 1,702 2 3. Maryland 18-3 1,632 3 4. Oklahoma 17-3 1,513 6 5. Alabama 19-3 1,449 7 6. Cincinnati 20-2 1,407 4 7. Kentucky 15-5 1,331 10 8. Florida 16-4 1,297 5 9. Gonzaga 20-3 1,136 11 10. Virginia 14-5 917 8 11. Arizona 15-6 875 19 12. Miami 19-3 736 15 13. Oregon 17-5 728 - 14. Oklahoma St. 17-5 709 9 15. UCLA 15-6 635 13 16. Ohio St. 17-3 564 25 17. Georgia 17-5 557 16 18. Marquette 19-3 490 - 19. Wake Forest 16-6 474 24 20. Stanford 13-6 436 18 21. Illinois 15-7 416 12 22. Missouri 16-6 364 22 23. Syracuse 17-6 305 14 24. Texas Tech 16-4 281 20 25. Southern Cal 16-5 272 23Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 264, Memphis 188, Connecticut 185, Indiana 125, Utah 102, Xavier 75, Hawaii 38, W. Kentucky 31, Mississippi 16, Butler 14, Pepperdine 13, N.C. State 8, California 4, Minnesota 4, Notre Dame 3, S. Illinois 2, Kent St. 1, Tulsa 1.
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