Bulldogs Fourth In AP Top 25

March 6, 2006

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NEW YORK (Ticker) - Not surprisingly, Connecticut has taken over the top spot in the Associated Press men's college basketball poll. What is a surprise is that Duke still received a first-place vote.

Following back-to-back losses by the Blue Devils, the Huskies on Monday became the new No. 1 team in the latest AP Poll.

Connecticut (27-2) received 71 of the 72 first-place votes and 1,797 points.

Big East Conference rival Villanova (24-3) moved up two spots to second following the losses by Duke and a defeat by then-No. 3 Memphis. The Wildcats received 1,720 points.

Duke (27-4), which was stunned in consecutive games by Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Florida State and North Carolina, slipped to third but nevertheless earned the final first-place vote.

Gonzaga (26-3) moved up one spot to fourth, while Memphis (27-3) slipped to fifth.

Riding an 18-game winning streak, George Washington (26-1) is sixth, while Ohio State (23-4), Texas (25-5), Illinois (25-6) and North Carolina (21-6) complete the top 10.

Boston College (24-6) is 11th, followed by Washington (24-5), UCLA (24-6), Tennessee (21-6), Pittsburgh (21-6), Florida (24-6), Kansas (22-10), Louisiana State (22-10), West Virginia (20-9) and Iowa (22-11).

Nevada (24-5) is 21st, while Oklahoma (20-7), Georgetown (19-8), newcomer UAB (22-5) and North Carolina State (21-8) complete the poll.

Michigan State dropped out.

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 5, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. CONNECTICUT (71) (27-2)              1,797     2
 2. VILLANOVA (24-3)                     1,720     4
 3. DUKE (1) (27-3)                      1,567     1
 4. GONZAGA (26-3)                       1,556     5
 5. MEMPHIS (27-3)                       1,501     3
 6. GEO WASHINGTON (26-1)                1,399     7
 7. OHIO ST (23-4)                       1,396     9
 8. TEXAS (25-5)                         1,275     6
 9. ILLINOIS (25-5)                      1,202    10
10. NORTH CAROLINA (21-6)                1,166    13
11. BOSTON COLLEGE (24-6)                1,028    12
12. WASHINGTON (24-5)                      923    14
13. UCLA (24-6)                            904    15
14. TENNESSEE (21-6)                       814    11
15. PITTSBURGH (21-6)                      794     8
16. FLORIDA (24-6)                         716    17
17. KANSAS (22-7)                          662    18
18. LSU (22-7)                             614    21
19. WEST VIRGINIA (20-9)                   492    16
20. IOWA (22-8)                            402    23
21. NEVADA (24-5)                          342    24
22. OKLAHOMA (20-7)                        263    19
23. GEORGETOWN (19-8)                      166    20
24. UAB (22-5)                             144    NR
25. NC STATE (21-8)                        132    22
Dropped Out: No. 25 MICHIGAN ST
Others Receiving Votes: ARKANSAS 109, BUCKNELL 83, MICHIGAN
ST 67, MARQUETTE 58, SOUTHN ILLINOIS 33, TEXAS A&M 17, SAN
DIEGO ST 10, FLORIDA ST 9, WICHITA ST 8, CALIFORNIA 7,
HOFSTRA 7, AIR FORCE 5, WISCONSIN 4, GEORGE MASON 3, WESTRN
KENTUCKY 2, CINCINNATI 1, MISSOURI ST 1, UNC WILMINGTON 1.

 

 

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