Bulldogs Up One Notch To 14th In ESPN/USA Today Poll

March 1, 2010

McLEAN, Va. - Gonzaga improved one spot to 14th in this week's ESPN/USA Today men's basketball Top 25.

The Bulldogs completed West Coast Conference play with the outright title and a 12-2 mark following home wins over Santa Clara and San Francisco last weekend. Gonzaga is 24-5 with a Tuesday non-conference home game remaining with Cal State Bakersfield. The Bulldogs will then be off to the WCC Tournament this weekend in Las Vegas, the Bulldogs receiving a bye into Sunday's semifinals as the No. 1 seed.

Syracuse kept winning last week while Kansas, Kentucky and Purdue lost. The results were enough to boost the Orange to the No. 1 spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released Monday.

Former No. 1 Kansas fell to No. 2, followed by No. 3 Kentucky, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Kansas State.

The Orange (27-2) beat Providence and then-No. 8 Villanova last week, with the latter win coming in front of an NCAA on-campus record crowd of 34,616 at the Carrier Dome. Meanwhile, Kansas and former No. 2 Kentucky dropped decisions on the road at Oklahoma State and Tennessee, respectively.

Syracuse earned 23 available first-place votes from the panel of 31 Division I coaches. Kansas got seven first-place votes and Duke received one.

It's the second time Syracuse has held the top spot in the coaches' poll. The first time was the final poll of 2003, after Syracuse won the national championship.

Kansas State climbed one spot to No. 5, while Purdue fell three places to No. 6 after a tough week, in which the Boilermakers lost forward Robbie Hummel for the season to a knee injury and fell to Michigan State at home.

Ohio State, West Virginia, Villanova and New Mexico round out the top 10. The Lobos climbed into the top 10 with a win over Mountain West Conference rival BYU, which fell four spots to No. 15.

Butler dropped one spot to No. 11, while No. 12 Michigan State and No. 13 Tennessee rose up the poll with their wins. They're followed by Gonzaga, BYU, Temple, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Georgetown.

UTEP, Baylor, Maryland, Texas A&M and Texas round out the top 25.

Tennessee's win over Kentucky vaulted the Volunteers four places to No. 13, while Georgetown fell seven spots to No. 20 after a home loss to Notre Dame. The Hoyas play Monday night at No. 8 West Virginia, followed by No. 25 Texas hosting Oklahoma.

No. 22 Baylor and No. 23 Maryland entered the poll Monday, while former No. 22 Northern Iowa and former No. 24 Richmond dropped out.

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 28, 2010)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. SYRACUSE (23) (27-2)                   766     4
 2. KANSAS (7) (27-2)                      741     1
 3. KENTUCKY (27-2)                        698     2
 4. DUKE (1) (25-4)                        694     5
 5. KANSAS ST (24-4)                       659     6
 6. PURDUE (24-4)                          585     3
 7. OHIO ST (23-7)                         559     9
 8. WEST VIRGINIA (22-6)                   526     7
 9. VILLANOVA (23-5)                       509     8
10. NEW MEXICO (27-3)                      494    12
11. BUTLER (26-4)                          480    10
12. MICHIGAN ST (22-7)                     429    14
13. TENNESSEE (21-7)                       346    17
14. GONZAGA (24-5)                         341    15
15. BYU (26-4)                             337    11
16. TEMPLE (24-5)                          293    18
17. WISCONSIN (21-7)                       258    19
18. PITTSBURGH (22-7)                      255    16
19. VANDERBILT (22-6)                      246    20
20. GEORGETOWN (19-8)                      240    13
21. UTEP (22-5)                            121    25
22. BAYLOR (22-6)                          104    NR
23. MARYLAND (21-7)                        102    NR
24. TEXAS A&M (20-8)                        92    23
25. TEXAS (22-7)                            43    21
Dropped Out: No. 22 NORTHERN IOWA, No. 24 RICHMOND,
No. 21 TEXAS
Others Receiving Votes: NORTHERN IOWA 40, XAVIER 28, UTAH ST
24, CORNELL 15, CLEMSON 10, VIRGINIA TECH 9, RICHMOND 8,
SAINT MARYS CA 6, UNLV 6, OKLAHOMA ST 6, CALIFORNIA 2,
MARQUETTE 2, MURRAY ST 1

 

 

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