Bulldogs Jump Three Spots In USA Today/ESPN Poll

Feb. 23, 2009

MCLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- One week after knocking off rival Connecticut, Pittsburgh reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the latest USA Today/ESPN college basketball poll, which was released Monday.

The Panthers (25-2) climbed four spots after winning both of their games last week, including last Monday's 76-68 upset victory at then-No. 1 UConn.

It marks the second time this season that Pittsburgh has attained the top ranking in the national polls. The Panthers reached the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history on January 4 but fell from the top two weeks later following a loss at Louisville.

Pittsburgh, which has won its last seven games, received 30 first-place votes and 774 total points from a national panel of Division I coaches.

The Huskies fell one spot to second and were given the final first-place vote.

Oklahoma (25-2) dropped one spot to third following Saturday's loss to rival Texas. The Sooners could possibly be without star forward Blake Griffin, who suffered a concussion against the Longhorns and has been listed as questionable for Monday's Big 12 showdown with Kansas.

Memphis (24-3) climbed two spots to fourth while the top five was rounded out by North Carolina (24-3), which was upset in overtime Saturday by Maryland.

Louisville (21-5) is sixth, followed by Duke (22-5), Missouri (23-4), Michigan State (21-5) and Marquette (23-4).

Arizona State (21-5) remained 11th, followed by Villanova (22-5), Clemson (22-4), Wake Forest (20-5), Kansas (22-5), Purdue (21-6), Gonzaga (21-5), Louisiana State (23-4), UCLA (20-7), Illinois (22-6), Washington (20-7), Xavier (22-5) and Butler (23-4).

Gonzaga swept Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine to clinch the West Coast Conference regular-season title for a ninth straight season.

Texas (18-8) re-joined the poll at No. 24 following Saturday's 73-68 victory over Oklahoma. Also new to the rankings was No.

25 Florida State (21-6).

Utah State and Syracuse both fell from 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 23, 2009)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. PITTSBURGH (30) (25-2)                 774     4
 2. CONNECTICUT (1) (25-2)                 721     1
 3. OKLAHOMA (25-2)                        691     2
 4. MEMPHIS (24-3)                         682     6
 5. NORTH CAROLINA (24-3)                  668     3
 6. LOUISVILLE (21-5)                      668     7
 7. DUKE (22-5)                            559     9
 8. MISSOURI (23-4)                        517    10
 9. MICHIGAN ST (21-5)                     511     5
10. MARQUETTE (23-4)                       471    11
11. ARIZONA ST (21-5)                      434    11
12. VILLANOVA (22-5)                       428    14
13. CLEMSON (22-4)                         424    13
14. WAKE FOREST (20-5)                     411     8
15. KANSAS (22-5)                          355    18
16. PURDUE (21-6)                          261    21
17. GONZAGA (21-5)                         257    20
18. LSU (23-4)                             239    24
19. UCLA (20-7)                            202    15
20. ILLINOIS (22-6)                        197    16
21. WASHINGTON (20-7)                      178    19
22. XAVIER (22-5)                          175    17
23. BUTLER (23-4)                           75    22
24. TEXAS (18-8)                            55    NR
25. FLORIDA ST (21-6)                       52    NR
Dropped Out: No. 23 UTAH ST, No. 25 SYRACUSE
Others Receiving Votes: UTAH 22, UTAH ST 22, DAYTON 21,
SYRACUSE 18, FLORIDA 16, PENN ST 10, ARIZONA 9, CALIFORNIA
7, WEST VIRGINIA 7, BYU 6, SOUTH CAROLINA 5, SAINT MARYS CA
4, BOSTON COLLEGE 3, CREIGHTON 2, KENTUCKY 1.

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