Bulldogs Still Fifth In Coaches Poll

Feb. 13, 2006

BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) - Bucknell officially has gone from the hunter to the hunted.

Winners of 11 straight games, Bucknell joined the rankings for the first time in school history in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Monday.

Bucknell is ranked 24th and has been building toward this moment since last season.

The Bison beat Pittsburgh and Saint Joseph's last season before upsetting Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Bucknell (20-3) won at Syracuse earlier this season and only has lost to Duke, Villanova - both top four teams - and Santa Clara. The Bison last lost on January 2 at Duke, 84-50, and are 11-0 and atop the Patriot League standings.

The top five teams in the poll remained unchanged. Connecticut (22-1) collected 22 first-place votes and 759 points from a panel of 31 coaches and kept the top spot for the fourth straight week.

Duke (23-1) picked up 749 points and eight first-place votes.

Memphis (22-2) again was third with 710 points and received the remaining first-place vote.

Villanova (19-2) is fourth and Gonzaga (20-3) rounds out the top five. The Wildcats host UConn on Monday in a key Big East showdown. Villanova, Connecticut and West Virginia are tied for first in the conference.

Texas (21-3) and Florida (21-3) swapped spots at Nos. 6 and 7, and George Washington (20-1), Pittsburgh (19-3) and Tennessee (18-3) round out the top 10.

The Mountaineers (18-5) are 11th, followed by Ohio State (18-3), Illinois (20-4), UCLA (20-5) and Boston College (19-5). The Illini slipped four spots and the Buckeyes jumped from 17th after Ohio State's 69-53 victory over Illinois on Sunday.

Michigan State (18-6) fell five spots to 16th, with Georgetown (17-5), North Carolina State (19-5), Oklahoma (16-5) and Iowa (19-6) rounding out the top 20. Washington (18-5), Kansas (17-6), North Carolina (15-6), Bucknell and LSU (16-7) complete the poll.

Kansas and LSU are new to the poll. The Jayhawks have won seven straight and the Tigers join the poll for the second time this season.

Indiana, Michigan and Colorado dropped out of the rankings.

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 12, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. CONNECTICUT (22) (22-1)                759     1
 2. DUKE (8) (23-1)                        749     2
 3. MEMPHIS (1) (22-2)                     710     3
 4. VILLANOVA (19-2)                       678     4
 5. GONZAGA (20-3)                         632     5
 6. TEXAS (21-3)                           627     7
 7. FLORIDA (21-3)                         539     6
 8. GEO WASHINGTON (20-1)                  534     8
 9. PITTSBURGH (19-3)                      512    13
10. TENNESSEE (18-3)                       504    14
11. WEST VIRGINIA (18-5)                   445    10
12. OHIO ST (18-3)                         436    17
13. ILLINOIS (20-4)                        377     9
14. UCLA (20-5)                            348    12
15. BOSTON COLLEGE (19-5)                  326    18
16. MICHIGAN ST (18-6)                     301    11
17. GEORGETOWN (17-5)                      269    16
18. NC STATE (19-5)                        260    15
19. OKLAHOMA (16-5)                        239    20
20. IOWA (19-6)                            205    19
21. WASHINGTON (18-5)                      139    23
22. KANSAS (17-6)                          118    NR
23. NORTH CAROLINA (15-6)                  100    24
24. BUCKNELL (20-3)                         50    NR
25. LSU (16-7)                              42    NR
Dropped Out: No. 21 INDIANA, No. 22 MICHIGAN, No. 25
COLORADO
Others Receiving Votes: UAB 24, CALIFORNIA 22, GEORGE MASON
22, COLORADO 22, NORTHERN IOWA 20, MICHIGAN 14, WISCONSIN
12, INDIANA 9, NEVADA 9, IONA 4, MURRAY ST 3, WICHITA ST 3,
ALABAMA 2, SAN DIEGO ST 2, WESTRN KENTUCKY 2, AKRON 1,
CREIGHTON 1, FLORIDA ST 1, UNC WILMINGTON 1, SOUTHN ILLINOIS
1, UTEP 1.

 

 

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