Bulldogs Up To 14th In Associated Press Basketball Poll

March 2, 2009

Connecticut returned to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday after one week out of the top spot.

The Huskies (27-2) had their three-week stint at No. 1 end with a loss to Pittsburgh that dropped them to second. But wins over Marquette and Notre Dame last week, along with the Panthers' loss to Providence, meant a runaway return to the top for Connecticut. The Huskies received 67 first-place votes from the 72-member national media panel.

North Carolina (25-3) moved from fourth to second and was No. 1 on three ballots. Pittsburgh (26-3), which lost 81-73 to Providence last week a day after returning to No. 1, fell to third and received one first-place vote.

Oklahoma, which lost to Kansas last week without preseason All-America Blake Griffin then beat Texas Tech with him back in the lineup, fell one place to fourth.

Memphis (26-3), which has the nation's longest winning streak at 20 games, received one first-place vote and remained fifth. Louisville and Duke stayed sixth and seventh while Michigan State advanced one spot to eighth.

Kansas, the defending national champion, used the win over Oklahoma and a 90-65 victory over Missouri to jump from 15th to ninth. Wake Forest moved from No. 13 to round out the top 10.

Villanova, which lost to Georgetown on Saturday, dropped one place to 11th and was followed by LSU, Marquette, Gonzaga, Missouri, Washington, Xavier, Clemson, Purdue and UCLA.

Gonzaga wrapped up a 14-0 West Coast Conference season last weekend and has a home non-conference date Tuesday against USC Upstate. The Bulldogs take the No. 1 seed into the WCC Tournament this weekend, Gonzaga idle until Sunday's 6:30 p.m. semifinal.

The last five ranked teams were Arizona State, Butler, Illinois, Florida State and Syracuse, this week's only newcomer.

The Orange (21-8) dropped out last week after losing seven of 10 games to end a 12-week stretch in the rankings in which they reached as high as No. 8. They enjoyed convincing wins over St. John's and Cincinnati.


 

 

Texas (19-9) returned last week after being out of the rankings for two weeks, but the Longhorns lost 68-59 to Oklahoma State on Saturday and fell out from 25th.

LSU's jump from 18th to No. 12 matched Kansas for the biggest move of the week.

Arizona State, which lost overtime road games to Washington and Washington State by a total of five points last week, had the biggest drop, falling from No. 14 to No. 21. Clemson, which lost to Florida State and Virginia Tech, fell six places to No. 18. Marquette, which lost to Connecticut and Louisville, went from No. 8 to No. 13.

The week before the major conference tournaments get under way will feature eight matchups of ranked teams, including Connecticut at Pittsburgh on Saturday and Duke at North Carolina on Sunday.

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 March 1, 2009)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. CONNECTICUT (67) (27-2)              1,792     2
 2. NORTH CAROLINA (3) (25-3)            1,678     4
 3. PITTSBURGH (1) (26-3)                1,612     1
 4. OKLAHOMA (26-3)                      1,576     3
 5. MEMPHIS (26-3)                       1,543     5
 6. LOUISVILLE (23-5)                    1,462     6
 7. DUKE (24-5)                          1,340     7
 8. MICHIGAN ST (23-5)                   1,302     9
 9. KANSAS (24-5)                        1,190    15
10. WAKE FOREST (22-5)                   1,158    13
11. VILLANOVA (23-6)                       913    10
12. LSU (25-4)                             894    18
13. MARQUETTE (23-6)                       860     8
14. GONZAGA (23-5)                         837    17
15. MISSOURI (24-5)                        795    11
16. WASHINGTON (22-7)                      704    21
17. XAVIER (23-5)                          629    19
18. CLEMSON (22-6)                         564    12
19. PURDUE (22-7)                          545    16
20. UCLA (22-7)                            497    22
21. ARIZONA ST (21-7)                      347    14
22. BUTLER (25-4)                          302    24
23. ILLINOIS (23-7)                        287    20
24. FLORIDA ST (22-7)                      272    23
25. SYRACUSE (21-8)                         99    NR
Dropped Out: No. 25 TEXAS
Others Receiving Votes: CREIGHTON 52, BYU 41, UTAH 22, SAINT
MARYS CA 13, DAYTON 11, WEST VIRGINIA 10, DAVIDSON 9, TEXAS
9, CALIFORNIA 8, PROVIDENCE 7, SOUTH CAROLINA 7, WASHINGTON
ST 4, ARIZONA 3, OKLAHOMA ST 2, AMERICAN 1, BOSTON COLLEGE
1, RHODE ISLAND 1, UTAH ST 1.

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