Gonzaga 7th In AP Top 25 Poll

Feb 18, 2002

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Kansas, the only team besides Duke to be ranked No. 1 in the AP college basketball poll this season, moved back into the top spot Monday.

The Jayhawks (23-2) took advantage of Duke's loss at Maryland on Sunday to reclaim the top ranking, receiving 48 first-place votes and 1,745 points from the national media panel.

Maryland (21-3) moved up one place to second following the 87-73 victory over Duke. The Blue Devils had been No. 1 for all but one week this season, including nine when they were a unanimous choice.

The Terrapins were No. 1 on 19 ballots and had 1,713 points, 61 more than Duke (23-2), which still received four No. 1 votes.

Kansas moved into the No. 1 spot following Duke's only other loss, Jan. 6 at Florida State, but the Jayhawks held it for just the one week as they lost at UCLA that weekend. They have won 10 straight since, all in the Big 12.

"Being No. 1 later in the season is much better than earlier and it should mean a little more because you have already accomplished something," Kansas coach Roy Williams said Monday. "If you're there the first week it's what people expected. After a couple of weeks it's about your nonconference wins. College basketball is so different than college football where the polls mean so much. Everybody has the goals you set as a team, that drive the team, but I can't remember a time I ever said one was to be No. 1 on Feb. 18."

Maryland's No. 2 ranking is its third of the season. The Terrapins have held that position more than any other school without ever reaching No. 1 - 21 weeks. Louisville is second on that list with 15 weeks.

This is the first week of the season that Duke isn't ranked No. 1 or 2, and the Blue Devils haven't been below fourth since the middle of the 1999-2000 season.

Cincinnati moved up one place to fourth, while Alabama jumped two spots to fifth. Oklahoma, which lost at Oklahoma State last week, fell from fourth to sixth and was followed in the Top Ten by Gonzaga, Florida, Marquette and Stanford.

Pittsburgh moved up three places to lead the Second Ten and was followed by Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Oregon, Illinois, Miami, Georgia, Ohio State and Southern California and Wake Forest, which were tied for 20th.

The last of the ranked teams were Virginia, Indiana, Western Kentucky and UCLA.

Western Kentucky (23-3) returned to the rankings for the first time since December, which was when senior center Chris Marcus broke his ankle. The Hilltoppers more than held their own without Marcus, who led the nation in rebounding last season, but his return for the last four games - all wins - has them back in the Top 25.

The only team to fall out of the rankings was North Carolina State (19-7), which moved in at No. 24 for the first time this season last week, but lost 108-71 to Duke before beating Clemson 83-54.

Gonzaga avenged its only West Coast Conference loss by beating Pepperdine 91-78 on Saturday, and the Bulldogs' No. 7 ranking is the highest in school history.

Marquette's No. 9 ranking is the highest for the school since Feb. 20, 1979, while Pittsburgh's rise to 11th is its highest since Jan. 1, 1991.

Virginia (16-7), which lost 92-70 to Wake Forest on Sunday for its fifth loss in seven games, had the week's biggest fall, dropping from 15th to No. 22.

The Men's Top Twenty Five

By The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                        Record  Pts  Pv 
 1. Kansas (48)           23-2  1,745  2
 2. Maryland (19)         21-3  1,713  3
 3. Duke (4)              23-2  1,652  1
 4. Cincinnati            24-2  1,558  5
 5. Alabama               22-4  1,423  7
 6. Oklahoma              20-4  1,414  4
 7. Gonzaga               24-3  1,319  8
 8. Florida               19-5  1,234  6
 9. Marquette             22-3  1,145 11
10. Stanford              17-6  1,015 12
11. Pittsburgh            22-4  1,008 14
12. Kentucky              17-7    841 10
13. Oklahoma St.          20-6    782 16
14. Arizona               17-8    659  9
15. Oregon                18-7    655 17
16. Illinois              19-7    639 18
17. Miami                 21-5    548 13
18. Georgia               19-7    547 21
19. Ohio St.              18-5    485 23
20. Southern Cal          18-6    465 25
20. Wake Forest           18-8    465 19
22. Virginia              16-7    322 15
23. Indiana               17-8    289 22
24. W. Kentucky           23-3    197  -
25. UCLA                  17-8    194 20

Others receiving votes: N.C. State 118, Xavier 112, Connecticut 88, Syracuse 70, Texas 60, Butler 53, Texas Tech 45, Mississippi 44, California 34, Tulsa 30, Pepperdine 28, Kent St. 20, Hawaii 13, Utah 12, Memphis 6, Wyoming 6, Mississippi St. 4, Rutgers 4, Wisconsin 4, Missouri 3, Notre Dame 3, Utah St. 2, Cent. Connecticut St. 1, Yale 1.


 

 

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