Bulldogs 7th In USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25

Feb. 25, 2002

ARLINGTON, Va. (SportsTicker) - Kansas strengthened its hold on No. 1 and the top seven remained the same in the latest ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball coaches' poll released Sunday night.

Kansas (25-2) and Maryland (23-3) barely survived with one-point wins on Sunday, but remain 1-2 in the poll.

Kansas extended its winning streak to 12 games and clinched the outright Big 12 Conference regular-season title with a 14-0 record, although the Jayhawks struggled to beat Nebraska, 88-87 on Sunday afternoon.

Maryland rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit and edged Wake Forest, 90-89, when Josh Howard called a timeout when Wake Forest had none left and Juan Dixon converted 1-of-2 technical foul shots with one second left.

Kansas received 25 of 31 first-place votes, four more than the previous week, and 768 points from a panel of Division I coaches. Maryland has six first-place votes and 746 points.

Duke (25-2) remained at No. 3 followed by Cincinnati (26-2), Oklahoma (22-4), Alabama (23-5) and Gonzaga (26-3). Gonzaga finished the regular season with wins at San Francisco and Saint Mary's, and now sets its sights on a fourth straight West Coast Conference Tournament title. The Bulldogs open play Saturday against Loyola Marymount University at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at the University of San Diego.

Cincinnati and Alabama also had close calls this past week. The Bearcats edged Marquette, 63-62, on a basket by Donald Little with three seconds left and Alabama beat Florida, 65-64 on a buzzer-beating layup by Antoine Pettway.

Marquette (23-4) stayed at No. 9 while Florida (20-6) slipped two spots to No. 10.

Pittsburgh (23-4) extended its winning streak to five games and rose two places to eighth.

Kentucky (19-7) is 11th followed by Oklahoma State (22-6), Oregon (20-7), Arizona (18-8), Georgia (20-7), Illinois (21-7), Ohio State (19-6), Miami (21-6), Stanford (17-8) and Southern California (19-7).

Indiana (18-9), Wake Forest (18-10), Western Kentucky (25-3), Xavier (20-5) and California (20-6) complete the poll.

Virginia (16-9) and Syracuse (20-8) dropped out of the poll.

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Poll

First-place votes in parentheses.

Rank  School        Record  Points  Last Week
1. Kansas (25)       25-2    768        1
2. Maryland (6)      23-3    746        2
3. Duke              25-2    716        3
4. Cincinnati        26-2    678        4
5. Oklahoma          22-4    653        5
6. Alabama           23-5    601        6
7. Gonzaga           26-3    562        7
8. Pittsburgh        23-4    535       10
9. Marquette         23-4    531        9
10. Florida          20-6    502        8
11. Kentucky         19-7    433       12
12. Oklahoma State   22-6    405       14
13. Oregon           20-7    357       17
14. Arizona          18-8    332       16
15. Georgia          20-7    287       20
16. Illinois         21-7    262       19
17. Ohio State       19-6    248       18
18. Miami (Fla.)     21-6    217       13
19. Stanford         17-8    207       11
20. So. California   19-7    157       22
21. Indiana          18-9    145       23
22. Wake Forest      18-10   106       21
23. Western Kentucky 25-3    105       NR
24. Xavier           20-5     74       24
25. California       20-6     63       NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 15 Virginia, No. 25 Syracuse.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: (with season record before Sunday's North Carolina-N.C. State game) Hawaii (23-4) 59, Syracuse (20-8) 48, Connecticut (19-6) 45, North Carolina State (19-8) 43, UCLA (18-9) 40, Butler (25-4) 30, Texas Tech (20-6) 27, Virginia (16-9) 27, Texas (17-10) 12, Kent State (22-5) 11, Memphis (22-7) 10, Utah (19-6) 8, Mississippi (19-8) 7, Tulsa (23-5) 6, Mississippi State (21-7) 5, Valparaiso (22-7) 2, Bowling Green (21-6) 1, Hampton (22-5) 1, Notre Dame (19-8) 1, Southern Illinois (23-6) 1, Utah State (21-4) 1.

 

 

Twitter Logo
  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago
Instagram Logo
Facebook Logo
Annual Report 10_17_App_Promo_Icon ZAG_Promo_Icon Numerica Resume Book theW.tv Varsity Club University Kids Club
» «