Bulldogs Still Fifth In AP Top 25

Feb. 20, 2006

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Two storied programs made a move in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

Duke returned to the top spot after easy wins over Wake Forest and Miami and a Connecticut loss to Villanova, while a surprising Kansas team continued its surge by jumping six spots to No. 16.

The Jayhawks (19-6), which were unranked all season until last week, have won nine straight games, including eight by double digits. They easily won at Oklahoma State and vs. Missouri last week.

The Jayhawks, ranked preaseason No. 1 last year, lost six of their last nine games, including a first-round exit to Bucknell in the NCAA Tournament. After the season, seniors Wayne Simien, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles graduated and sophomore J.R.

Giddens left school.

After a slow start this season, coach Bill Self has his young team playing selflessly and well. Ten players get 10 minutes or more every game and only two average in double figures.

Freshman Brandon Rush leads the way with 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the arc.

Back at the top of the poll, the Blue Devils (25-1) received 64 of a possible 72 first-place votes and 1,789 points from the national media panel to return to the top spot after a four-week hiatus.

Villanova (21-2) moved up two spots after wins over the Huskies and Georgetown, receiving three first-place votes and 1,700 points. Connecticut fell to third, collecting four first-place votes and 1,655 points, while Memphis garnered the other first-place vote and dropped a spot to fourth. Gonzaga (22-3) remained fifth.

George Washington (22-1), which has a nation's best 14-game winning streak, is sixth, followed by Texas (22-4), Illinois (22-4), which also moved up six slots, Pittsburgh (20-4) and Tennessee (19-4).

The second 10 starts with Boston College (21-5), Florida (22-4), Ohio State (19-4), West Virginia (18-7) and North Carolina State (21-5) Following Kansas (19-6) is Washington (20-5), Michigan State (19-7), UCLA (20-6) and Iowa (20-7).

North Carolina (17-6) is 21st, followed by Oklahoma (17-6) and Georgetown (17-7), which fell six spots after road losses to Marquette and Villanova. LSU (18-7) is No. 24 and Northern Iowa (22-6) and Nevada (20-5) are tied for 25th.

The Panthers and Wolf Pack are new to the poll this week.

Bucknell, which entered the rankings for the first time in school history last week, dropped out of the rankings after a loss to Wichita State on Saturday.

The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll, with
number of first-place votes and record in parentheses, total
points and previous ranking:
(Records through February 19, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. DUKE (64) (25-1)                     1,789     2
 2. VILLANOVA (3) (21-2)                 1,700     4
 3. CONNECTICUT (4) (23-2)               1,655     1
 4. MEMPHIS (1) (24-2)                   1,615     3
 5. GONZAGA (22-3)                       1,513     5
 6. GEO WASHINGTON (22-1)                1,375     7
 7. TEXAS (22-4)                         1,294     6
 8. ILLINOIS (22-4)                      1,143    14
 9. PITTSBURGH (20-4)                    1,142     9
10. TENNESSEE (19-4)                     1,123     8
11. BOSTON COLLEGE (21-5)                1,068    13
12. FLORIDA (22-4)                       1,030    10
13. OHIO ST (19-4)                         981    12
14. WEST VIRGINIA (18-7)                   773    11
15. NC STATE (21-5)                        680    21
16. KANSAS (19-6)                          616    22
17. WASHINGTON (20-5)                      590    20
18. MICHIGAN ST (19-7)                     543    16
19. UCLA (20-6)                            507    15
20. IOWA (20-7)                            492    18
21. NORTH CAROLINA (17-6)                  483    23
22. OKLAHOMA (17-6)                        345    19
23. GEORGETOWN (17-7)                      295    17
24. LSU (18-7)                             187    25
25. (tie) NORTHERN IOWA (22-6)              76    NR
25. (tie) NEVADA (20-5)                     76    NR
Dropped Out: No. 24 BUCKNELL
Others Receiving Votes: GEORGE MASON 74, WISCONSIN 66,
MARQUETTE 60, BUCKNELL 36, UAB 20, WESTRN KENTUCKY 11,
CALIFORNIA 8, CREIGHTON 8, SAN DIEGO ST 7, WICHITA ST 5,
COLORADO 3, UTEP 3, AIR FORCE 2, ALABAMA 2, HOUSTON 1, IONA
1, KENTUCKY 1, MISSOURI ST 1.

 

 

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