Bulldogs Continue Climb In Poll

Feb. 17, 2002

McLEAN, Va. (SportsTicker) - No. 3 beat No. 1, but it's No. 2 who's the new No. 1 in this week's USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' poll.

Kansas, 23-2 took over as the new No. 1 team when No. 3 Maryland knocked off No. 1 Duke Sunday. The Jayhawks has 21 first-place votes to nine for Maryland and one for Duke.

Cincinnati and Oklahoma swapped places, with the Bearcats climbing to fourth and the Sooners falling to fifth. Alabama, Gonzaga, Florida, Marquette and Pittsburgh round out the top 10.

Gonzaga moved up one spot to seventh this week after home wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. Saturday's win over Pepperdine avenged the Bulldogs' lone West Coast Conference setback this season and also snapped the Waves' 13-game winning streak. In winning their 26th straight game in The Kennel, Gonzaga also snapped Pepperdine's winning streak that was the current longest streak in the country.

The only newcomer to the poll this week is Xavier (Ohio), debuting at 24 with a record of 19-4. UCLA dropped out of the poll.

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Poll

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

Rank School Record Points Last Week 1. Kansas (21) 23-2 763 2 2. Maryland (9) 21-3 748 3 3. Duke (1) 23-2 719 1 4. Cincinnati 24-2 675 5 5. Oklahoma 20-4 644 4 6. Alabama 22-4 611 7 7. Gonzaga 24-3 557 8 8. Florida 19-5 540 6 9. Marquette 22-3 516 12 10. Pittsburgh 22-4 429 16 11. Stanford 17-6 408 14 12. Kentucky 17-7 361 9 13. Miami (Fla.) 21-5 348 11 14. Oklahoma State 20-6 325 15 15. Virginia 16-6 307 13 16. Arizona 17-8 304 10 17. Oregon 18-7 249 18 18. Ohio State 18-5 214 20 19. Illinois 19-7 207 19 20. Georgia 19-7 204 22 21. Wake Forest 17-8 155 17 22. So.California 18-6 151 25 23. Indiana 17-8 130 24 24. Xavier 19-4 90 NR 25. Syracuse 19-7 69 21

DROPPED OUT: No. 23 UCLA.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Western Kentucky (23-3) 68, North Carolina State (19-7) 57, UCLA (17-8) 46, Hawaii (21-4) 31, Connecticut (17-6) 27, Butler (24-3) 26, Tulsa (22-4) 14, Mississippi (19-7) 13, Texas (17-8) 12, Kent (20-5) 11, Arizona State (14-10) 8, Utah (18-5) 7, Southern Illinois (21-6) 6, Texas Tech (18-6) 6, Wyoming (17-5) 5, Valparaiso (20-7) 3, California (18-6) 2, Minnesota (14-9) 2, Mississippi State (19-7) 2, Utah State (20-4) 2, Hampton (20-5) 1, Notre Dame (17-8) 1, Rutgers (17-8) 1.

 

 

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