Bulldogs No. 21 In USA Today/ESPN Voting Of Coaches

Feb. 9, 2009

MCLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- Following two more wins, Connecticut was a near unanimous pick in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Monday.

The Huskies (22-1), who extended their winning streak to 11 following victories over Louisville and Michigan, received 774 points and 30 of 31 first-place votes from a nationwide panel of coaches.

Last week, Connecticut took over the top spot in the poll for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season, when it was upset by Syracuse in the Big East Conference tournament.

The remaining first-place vote this week went to Oklahoma (23-1), which held on to the No. 2 spot.

No. 3 North Carolina (21-2) and No. 4 Pittsburgh (21-2) climbed one spot while Duke (20-3) dropped two notches after getting routed at Clemson (74-47) and needing overtime to hold off Miami (78-75).

UCLA (19-4) surged into the top 10, jumping six notches to No.

6. The Bruins are followed by Louisville (18-4), Wake Forest (18-3), Michigan State (19-4) and Memphis (20-3) complete the top 10.

Clemson (19-3) starts the second 10, followed by Marquette (20-3), Villanova (19-4), Xavier (20-3), Butler (21-2), Kansas (19-4), Utah State (23-1), Arizona State (18-5), Missouri (20-4) and Illinois (19-5).

Kansas, the defending national champions, made the week's biggest gain, climbing eight spots to No. 16, while No. 19 Missouri became the third Big 12 team in the top 25 after being unranked last week.

The highlight of Missouri's week was a 69-65 upset of No. 17 Texas, which dropped out after extending its losing streak to three games.

Completing the poll were Gonzaga (17-5), Syracuse (18-6), Purdue (17-6), Washington (17-6) and Florida State (18-5). The Seminoles entered the top 25 for the first time this season on the strength of their 65-61 upset of then-No. 10 Clemson. Gonzaga lost to then 14th-ranked Memphis last Saturday in a battle of Top 20 teams.

Also falling out was No. 19 Minnesota.

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 February 8, 2009)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. CONNECTICUT (30) (22-1)                774     1
 2. OKLAHOMA (1) (23-1)                    735     2
 3. NORTH CAROLINA (21-2)                  711     4
 4. PITTSBURGH (21-2)                      689     5
 5. DUKE (20-3)                            604     3
 6. UCLA (19-4)                            554    12
 7. LOUISVILLE (18-4)                      553     7
 8. WAKE FOREST (18-3)                     541     6
 9. MICHIGAN ST (19-4)                     521    14
10. MEMPHIS (20-3)                         486    15
11. CLEMSON (19-3)                         456    10
12. MARQUETTE (20-3)                       446     8
13. VILLANOVA (19-4)                       416    16
14. XAVIER (20-3)                          375     9
15. BUTLER (21-2)                          346    11
16. KANSAS (19-4)                          300    24
17. UTAH ST (23-1)                         258    22
18. ARIZONA ST (18-5)                      214    23
19. MISSOURI (20-4)                        162    NR
20. ILLINOIS (19-5)                        143    21
21. GONZAGA (17-5)                         124    18
22. SYRACUSE (18-6)                        115    20
23. PURDUE (17-6)                          114    13
24. WASHINGTON (17-6)                       86    25
25. FLORIDA ST (18-5)                       62    NR
Dropped Out: No. 17 TEXAS, No. 19 MINNESOTA
Others Receiving Votes: OHIO ST 55, LSU 50, TEXAS 50, DAYTON
34, MINNESOTA 30, FLORIDA 26, DAVIDSON 9, UTAH 9, SOUTH
CAROLINA 7, BYU 5, SAINT MARYS CA 5, CALIFORNIA 3, SAN DIEGO
ST 3, PENN ST 2, ARIZONA 1, UNLV 1.

 

 

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