Gonzaga No. 5 In USA TODAY/ESPN Poll

Feb. 24, 2004

MCLEAN, Va. - Stanford and Saint Joseph's, the only remaining unbeaten teams in Division I, remained 1-2 in the latest USA Today/ESPN college basketball coaches' poll released Monday.

Stanford (23-0), which moved up to No. 1 last week and celebrated with Pac-10 Conference victories over Southern California and UCLA, received 770 points and 26 first-place votes.

Saint Joseph's (24-0) rolled to Atlantic 10 Conference wins over Fordham and Temple and increased its total to 746 points and picked up the remaining five first-place votes.

Pittsburgh (24-2) beat West Virginia on Saturday and moved up one spot to third.

Duke (22-3), which lost its No. 1 ranking last week after losing to North Carolina State, followed with a loss to Wake Forest before routing Maryland on Sunday and slipped to fourth.

Gonzaga (23-2) rolled to a 76-56 victory over Tulsa on Saturday and ascended into the top five. It's the highest ranking for the Bulldogs in the poll, who were No. 6 in the final two regular-season ballots of 2002. Gonzaga finished 16th that season in the final poll conducted following the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma State (21-2) also moved up one spot to No. 6, but Mississippi State (21-2) dropped two places to seventh after getting upset by Alabama, 77-73.

Connecticut (21-5), Kentucky (19-4) and Texas (19-4) round out the top 10.

Wake Forest (17-6) rose four spots to 11th after beating Duke and Georgia Tech. Cincinnati (18-5) is 12th followed by Providence (18-5) and Arizona (17-7).

Wisconsin (17-6) fell five spots to No. 15 after road losses to Illinois and Michigan. North Carolina (16-7) is 16th followed by Southern Illinois (22-2), Kansas (17-6), North Carolina State (17-6) and Georgia Tech (19-7).

Louisville (17-6) dropped 10 places to No. 21 after losses to Texas Christian and Cincinnati.

Memphis (19-4) crcked the poll at No. 22 along with Illinois (18-5) at No. 24.

Utah State (22-2) switched places with Texas Tech (19-7), rising to No. 23 while the Red Raiders fell to No. 25.

South Carolina (20-6) and Syracuse (17-6) dropped out of the poll.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                         Record  Pts  Pvs
 1. Stanford (26)           23-0  770   1
 2. Saint Joseph's (5)      24-0  746   2
 3. Pittsburgh              24-2  677   4
 4. Duke                    22-3  664   3
 5. Gonzaga                 23-2  656   6
 6. Oklahoma State          21-2  648   7
 7. Mississippi State       21-2  574   5
 8. Connecticut             21-5  559   8
 9. Kentucky                19-4  541   9
10. Texas                   19-4  498  12
11. Wake Forest             17-6  441  15
12. Cincinnati              18-5  345  14
13. Providence              18-5  338  17
14. Arizona                 17-7  296  13
15. Wisconsin               17-6  295  10
16. North Carolina          16-7  267  19
17. Southern Illinois       22-2  262  21
18. Kansas                  17-6  240  20
19. N.C. State              17-6  226  18
20. Georgia Tech            19-7  215  16
21. Louisville              17-6  193  11
22. Memphis                 19-4  155  NR
23. Utah State              22-2  104  25
24. Illinois                18-5   69  NR
25. Texas Tech              19-7   63  23
Others receiving votes: South Carolina 45; Michigan State 38; Syracuse 36; Air Force 28; Kent State 19; Florida 12; Oklahoma 10; LSU 9; Western Michigan 8; Boston College 4; Texas-El Paso 4; Vanderbilt 4; Charlotte 3; Seton Hall 3; Alabama-Birmingham 2; Dayton 2; Manhattan 2; Rice 2; Nevada 1; Purdue 1.
 

 

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