Bulldogs Climb To 14th In AP Poll

Feb. 7, 2005

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Off to its best start in school history, Illinois continued its reign as the top-ranked team for the 10th consecutive week in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

With victories at Michigan State and at home against Indiana during the week, the Fighting Illini moved into sole possession of the fourth best start in Big Ten Conference history at 23-0, surpassing the 1961-62 Ohio State team.

Indiana, the last team to record an undefeated season in Division I, owns the all-time Big Ten mark of 32 straight wins in 1975-76.

For the second straight week, Illinois garnered all 72 first-place votes and 1,800 points overall.

With a pair of easy conference wins over North Carolina State and Florida State, North Carolina (19-2) remains second, 89 points behind Illinois.

Kansas (18-1) is third while Boston College, which became the first Big East school to start a season at 20-0, moved up one spot to fourth. Kentucky (17-2) rounds out the top five.

Wake Forest (19-3) climbed one spot to sixth while fellow Atlantic Coast Conference foe Duke (17-2) dropped three spots to seventh after losing to the Demon Deacons on Wednesday.

Syracuse (21-2), Louisville (20-3) and Oklahoma State (17-3) complete the top 10.

Extending its home winning streak to 20 games with a victory against UCLA on Saturday, Washington (19-3) jumped two spots to No. 11, followed by Arizona (19-4), Michigan State (15-4) and Gonzaga (17-4).

In the midst of a 14-game winning streak, Utah (19-3) surged six spots to its highest ranking of the season at No. 15. Oklahoma (17-4), Alabama (17-4), Pittsburgh (15-4), Connecticut (14-5) and Wisconsin (15-5) round out the first 20.

Cincinnati (17-5) dropped three spots to No. 21 after two straight Conference USA losses. Villanova (13-5) is No. 22 followed by Texas (15-6).

Behind a 12-0 start in the Big West Conference, Pacific (18-2) moved into the poll for the first time in school history at No.

24. Texas Tech (14-5), which was also previous unranked, completes the poll.

Georgia Tech and Maryland dropped out.

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 February 6, 2005)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. ILLINOIS (72) (23-0)                 1,800     1
 2. NORTH CAROLINA (19-2)                1,711     2
 3. KANSAS (18-1)                        1,625     3
 4. BOSTON COLLEGE (20-0)                1,561     5
 5. KENTUCKY (17-2)                      1,505     6
 6. WAKE FOREST (19-3)                   1,429     7
 7. DUKE (17-2)                          1,349     4
 8. SYRACUSE (21-2)                      1,311     8
 9. LOUISVILLE (20-3)                    1,262     9
10. OKLAHOMA ST (17-3)                   1,144    10
11. WASHINGTON (19-3)                    1,059    13
12. ARIZONA (19-4)                         983    14
13. MICHIGAN ST (15-4)                     872    12
14. GONZAGA (17-4)                         805    17
15. UTAH (19-3)                            686    21
16. OKLAHOMA (17-4)                        657    14
17. ALABAMA (17-4)                         648    11
18. PITTSBURGH (15-4)                      550    16
19. CONNECTICUT (14-5)                     535    23
20. WISCONSIN (15-5)                       309    19
21. CINCINNATI (17-5)                      250    18
22. VILLANOVA (13-5)                       242    24
23. TEXAS (15-6)                           189    20
24. PACIFIC (18-2)                         173    NR
25. TEXAS TECH (14-5)                      156    NR
Dropped Out: No. 22 Maryland, No. 25 Georgia Tech
Others Receiving Votes: GEORGIA TECH 116, CHARLOTTE 108,
FLORIDA 97, WICHITA ST 65, MINNESOTA 50, VERMONT 40,
GEORGETOWN 17, MARYLAND 12, OLD DOMINION 12, MISSISSIPPI ST
10, ST MARYS CA 9, NEVADA 8, TEXAS A&M 8, GEO WASHINGTON 7,
IOWA 7, WISC MILWAUKEE 6, MARQUETTE 5, NOTRE DAME 5, TEXAS
EL PASO 3, STANFORD 2, HOLY CROSS 1, MIAMI FLA 1.

 

 

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