Bulldogs Still 12th In AP Poll

Feb. 28, 2005

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Two wins shy of completing an unbeaten regular season, Illinois received all 72 first-place votes for the fifth straight week in the Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

Illinois (28-0) extended its stay at the top of the poll to 13 consecutive weeks.

The Fighting Illini host Purdue on Thursday and close the regular season at Ohio State before the start of the Big Ten Conference tournament.

Indiana, in 1975-76, is the last Division I team to record an undefeated season. That team went 32-0 and won the national championship Illinois' streak of five straight weeks as a unanimous No. 1 is the longest since Duke's five-week run in 2001-02.

The 13-week reign at No. 1 is the longest since Kansas was on top for 15 straight polls in 1996-97.

North Carolina (24-3) won road games at North Carolina State and Maryland and remained at No. 2 with 1,703 points, 72 behind Illinois.

Kentucky (22-3) won at Alabama on Saturday and moved up two spots to third.

Wake Forest (24-4) also rose two places to No. 4 and Boston College (23-2), which lost at Villanova last Wednesday, slipped two spots to No. 5.

Duke (21-4) and Kansas (21-4) each moved up one spot, respectively, to sixth and seventh, respectively.

Oklahoma State (20-5) lost at Kansas on Sunday and slipped four spots to No. 8. Louisville is ninth and Washington moved up four places to No. 10 after beating Arizona on Saturday.

Arizona (24-5) is 11th followed by Gonzaga (22-4), Syracuse (24-5), Michigan State (20-5), Connecticut (19-6), Utah (24-4), Pacific (23-2), Charlotte (21-4), Villanova (19-6) and Oklahoma (21-6).

Alabama (21-6) slipped five places to No. 21. Cincinnati (22-6), Wisconsin (18-7), Pittsburgh (18-7) and Nevada (22-5) complete the poll.

Pittsburgh dropped from 18th to 24th after losing home games to West Virginia and Connecticut.

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 27, 2005)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. ILLINOIS (71) (28-0)                 1,775     1
 2. NORTH CAROLINA (24-3)                1,703     2
 3. KENTUCKY (22-3)                      1,573     5
 4. WAKE FOREST (24-4)                   1,525     6
 5. BOSTON COLLEGE (23-2)                1,445     3
 6. DUKE (21-4)                          1,416     7
 7. KANSAS (21-4)                        1,311     8
 8. OKLAHOMA ST (20-5)                   1,265     4
 9. LOUISVILLE (24-4)                    1,142    11
10. WASHINGTON (23-4)                    1,119    14
11. ARIZONA (24-5)                       1,043     9
12. GONZAGA (22-4)                         987    12
13. SYRACUSE (24-5)                        883    15
14. MICHIGAN ST (20-5)                     873    10
15. CONNECTICUT (19-6)                     833    17
16. UTAH (24-4)                            703    13
17. PACIFIC (23-2)                         574    19
18. CHARLOTTE (21-4)                       504    21
19. VILLANOVA (19-6)                       483    23
20. OKLAHOMA (21-6)                        447    22
21. ALABAMA (21-6)                         438    16
22. CINCINNATI (22-6)                      288    24
23. WISCONSIN (18-7)                       248    20
24. PITTSBURGH (18-7)                      153    18
25. NEVADA (22-5)                          151    25
Dropped Out:
Others Receiving Votes: SOUTHERN ILL 64, LSU 23, FLORIDA 19,
TEXAS TECH 16, TEXAS 13, MARYLAND 12, WISC MILWAUKEE 12,
GEORGIA TECH 8, NEW MEXICO 4, OLD DOMINION 3, TEXAS A&M 3,
VERMONT 3, HOLY CROSS 2, MIAMI OHIO 2, ST MARYS CA 2, WEST
VIRGINIA 2, GEO WASHINGTON 1, MINNESOTA 1, PENNSYLVANIA 1,
UCLA 1, WINTHROP 1.

 

 

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