Gonzaga 11th In AP Top 25

March 7, 2005

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Despite a 65-64 loss in their regular-season finale against Ohio State, Illinois remained atop the Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

The Fighting Illini were attempting to become the first team since UNLV in 1991 to enter the NCAA Tournament without a loss and perhaps the first team to go undefeated for an entire season since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.

However, Illinois (29-1) garnered only 48 of a possible 70 first-place votes after securing all 70 the past five weeks.

The Fighting Illini received 725 votes.

North Carolina (26-3), remained number two after wins over Miami and Duke, and picked up the other 22 first-place votes and 701 total votes.

Wake Forest (26-4) moved up one spot to No. 3 after a buzzer-beater by Chris Paul beat North Carolina State on Sunday.

Kentucky (23-4) dropped a spot after losing by one point Sunday to Florida. Duke (22-5) is number five.

Louisville (26-4) moves up three slots to No. 6 and is followed by Boston College (24-3), Arizona (25-5), Kansas (22-5) and Oklahoma State (21-6).

Gonzaga leads the second 10, followed by Connecticut (21-6), which has won six in a row and moved up three spots, Michigan State (22-5), Washington (24-5) and Utah (25-4). The Bulldogs play Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game Monday night at 9 p.m. Pacific time. Gonzaga is seeking its sixth title in the last seven years.

Syracuse (24-6) dropped three spots to No. 16. Oklahoma (23-6), Pacific (25-2), Villanova (21-6) and Alabama (23-6) round out the top 20.

Cincinnati (24-6), Pittsburgh (20-7), Wisconsin (20-7), Nevada (24-5) and Charlotte (21-6) complete the poll.

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 6, 2005)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. ILLINOIS (48) (29-1)                 1,725     1
 2. NORTH CAROLINA (22) (26-3)           1,701     2
 3. WAKE FOREST (26-4)                   1,596     4
 4. KENTUCKY (23-4)                      1,445     3
 5. DUKE (22-5)                          1,393     6
 6. LOUISVILLE (26-4)                    1,350     9
 7. BOSTON COLLEGE (24-3)                1,286     5
 8. ARIZONA (25-5)                       1,192    11
 9. KANSAS (22-5)                        1,134     7
10. OKLAHOMA ST (21-6)                   1,067     8
11. GONZAGA (24-4)                       1,054    12
12. CONNECTICUT (21-6)                   1,021    15
13. MICHIGAN ST (22-5)                     919    14
14. WASHINGTON (24-5)                      895    10
15. UTAH (25-4)                            697    16
16. SYRACUSE (24-6)                        648    13
17. OKLAHOMA (23-6)                        630    20
18. PACIFIC (25-2)                         583    17
19. VILLANOVA (21-6)                       552    19
20. ALABAMA (23-6)                         456    21
21. CINCINNATI (24-6)                      333    22
22. PITTSBURGH (20-7)                      288    24
23. WISCONSIN (20-7)                       260    23
24. NEVADA (24-5)                          149    25
25. CHARLOTTE (21-6)                       112    18
Dropped Out:
Others Receiving Votes: FLORIDA 96, LSU 58, SOUTHERN ILL 43,
TEXAS 28, WISC MILWAUKEE 9, GEORGIA TECH 5, NEW MEXICO 5,
TEXAS A&M 4, UCLA 3, HOLY CROSS 2, ST MARYS CA 2, WINTHROP
2, MINNESOTA 1, OHIO ST 1, OLD DOMINION 1, PENNSYLVANIA 1,
TEXAS TECH 1, TEXAS EL PASO 1, VERMONT 1.

 

 

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