Bulldogs 8th In USA TODAY/ESPN Poll

Feb. 11, 2002

MacLEAN, Vir. (SportsTicker) - Duke maintained its unanimous grip on No. 1, the top five spots remained unchanged and Bob Knight and Texas Tech were knocked out of the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released Sunday night.

Duke (22-1) posted easy Atlantic Coast Conference victories over Florida State and Georgia Tech last week and received all 30 first-place votes and 775 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 four weeks ago.

Kansas (21-2) and Maryland (18-3) remained second and third, respectively, followed by Oklahoma (19-3) and Cincinnati (22-2).

Texas Tech (16-6) suffered back-to-back defeats to Oklahoma State and Kansas and dropped out of the poll.

Florida (18-4) is sixth followed by Alabama (20-4), Gonzaga (22-3), Kentucky (16-6) and Arizona (17-6).

Gonzaga received its highest ranking ever in the poll, climbing two spots following road victories at Santa Clara and San Diego. The Bulldogs return home this week for Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday. Saturday's re-match is for first place, the Waves (10-0) winning the first meeting with the Bulldogs (9-1).

Miami (20-4) remained at No. 11 despite losing earlier Sunday at Boston College, 76-63.

Marquette (21-3) made the biggest jump in the poll, ascending 11 spots to No. 12 after beating East Carolina and Southern Mississippi.

Virginia (15-6) slipped five spots to No. 13 after losing by 17 points to North Carolina State on Wednesday. .

Stanford (15-6) made the second-biggest jump, rising six places to No. 14 after beating both Oregon and Oregon State.

Oklahoma State (18-6) is 15th followed by Pittsburgh (21-4), Wake Forest (17-7), Oregon (17-7), Illinois (17-7) and Ohio State (17-5).

Syracuse (18-7), Georgia (18-6), UCLA (16-7), Indiana (16-7) and Southern California (16-6) complete the poll.

First-place votes in parentheses (poll taken before Sunday night games).

Rank  School       Record  Points  Last Week  
1. Duke (30)        22-1    775       1
2. Kansas           21-2    743       2
3. Maryland         18-3    710       3
4. Oklahoma         19-3    672       4
5. Cincinnati       22-2    660       5
6. Florida          18-4    618       7
7. Alabama          20-4    534       6
8. Gonzaga          22-3    524      10 
9. Kentucky         16-6    482       9
10. Arizona         17-6    469      13
11. Miami (Fla.)    20-4    419      11
12. Marquette       21-3    348      23
13. Virginia        15-6    322       8
14. Stanford        15-6    309      20
15. Oklahoma State  18-6    302      12
16. Pittsburgh      21-4    272      21
17. Wake Forest     17-7    237      16
18. Oregon          17-7    228      15
19. Illinois        17-7    206      14
20. Ohio State      17-5    167      22
21. Syracuse        18-7    153      17
22. Georgia         18-6    137      19
23. UCLA            16-7    136      18
24. Indiana         16-7    122      NR
25. So. California  16-6     81      24
DROPPED OUT: No. 25 Texas Tech.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Xavier (17-4) 72, Western Kentucky (22-3) 57, North Carolina State (18-6) 52, Memphis (20-5) 43, Hawaii (20-4) 33, Connecticut (15-6) 30, Utah (17-4) 26, Butler (22-3) 20, Texas Tech (16-6) 17, Minnesota (14-7) 16, California (17-5) 12, Kent State (18-5) 11, Pepperdine (17-5) 10, Southern Illinois (21-4) 9, Valparaiso (19-6) 8, Notre Dame (17-6) 7, Texas (16-7) 7, Tulsa (20-4) 6, Missouri (17-7) 5, Utah State (18-4) 4, Wyoming (16-5) 2, Hampton (19-5) 1, Illinois State (12-12) 1.

 

 

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