Bulldogs Remain Fifth In AP Poll

Feb. 6, 2006

NEW YORK (Ticker) - After having its 33-game home winning streak snapped, Illinois barely remained in the top 10 of the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

The Fighting Illini (20-3), who blew a 16-point second-half lead in a 66-65 loss to Penn State on Saturday to fall out of a first-place tie in the Big Ten Conference, fell four spots to 10th in the poll.

The top five teams remain unchanged, led by Connecticut (20-1).

The Huskies received 68 of a possible 72 first-place votes - up three from last week - and 1,796 points from the national media panel.

Duke (21-1) received three first-place votes - four fewer than last week - and 1,723 points.

Memphis (21-2) remained third, followed by Villanova (17-2), which received the remaining first-place vote, and Gonzaga (18-3).

Texas (19-3) moved up one spot to sixth, while Florida (20-2), George Washington (18-1), West Virginia (17-4) and Illinois complete the top 10.

Tennessee (16-3) begins the second 10 and is followed by Michigan State (17-5), UCLA (19-4), Pittsburgh (17-3), Georgetown (16-4), North Carolina State (18-4), Boston College (17-5), Iowa (18-5), Ohio State (16-3) and Oklahoma (14-5).

Washington (16-5) is 21st, while Michigan (16-4), newcomer North Carolina (14-5), Indiana (13-6) and Northern Iowa (20-4) complete the poll.

Louisiana State dropped out after losing to Alabama.

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 5, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. CONNECTICUT (68) (20-1)              1,796     1
 2. DUKE (3) (21-1)                      1,723     2
 3. MEMPHIS (21-2)                       1,637     3
 4. VILLANOVA (1) (17-2)                 1,570     4
 5. GONZAGA (18-3)                       1,499     5
 6. TEXAS (19-3)                         1,415     7
 7. FLORIDA (20-2)                       1,376     8
 8. GEO WASHINGTON (18-1)                1,188    10
 9. WEST VIRGINIA (17-4)                 1,147    11
10. ILLINOIS (20-3)                      1,143     6
11. TENNESSEE (16-3)                       993    13
12. MICHIGAN ST (17-5)                     985    12
13. UCLA (19-4)                            914    14
14. PITTSBURGH (17-3)                      911     9
15. GEORGETOWN (16-4)                      870    17
16. NC STATE (18-4)                        648    18
17. BOSTON COLLEGE (17-5)                  634    15
18. IOWA (18-5)                            602    23
19. OHIO ST (16-3)                         573    20
20. OKLAHOMA (14-5)                        287    19
21. WASHINGTON (16-5)                      264    16
22. MICHIGAN (16-4)                        205    21
23. NORTH CAROLINA (14-5)                  169    NR
24. INDIANA (13-6)                         161    22
25. NORTHERN IOWA (20-4)                   117    25
Dropped Out: No. 24 LSU
Others Receiving Votes: LSU 116, KANSAS 88, BUCKNELL 81, UAB
52, CREIGHTON 40, WICHITA ST 30, SETON HALL 26, COLORADO 24,
MARYLAND 17, NEVADA 16, MARQUETTE 15, CALIFORNIA 14,
WISCONSIN 14, SAN DIEGO ST 8, GEORGE MASON 7, SOUTHN
ILLINOIS 6, KENT ST 4, LOUISVILLE 4, MIAMI FL 3, HOFSTRA 2,
STANFORD 2, WISC MILWAUKEE 2, FLORIDA ST 1, UTAH ST 1.

 

 

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