Bulldogs Ranked 22nd In Final Associated Press Poll
March 15, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - Gonzaga was ranked 22nd in the final Associated Press Top 25 of the men's basketball season released Monday, the fifth time since 2002 the Bulldogs have fnished ranked in the AP Top 25.
Gonzaga, 26-6 overall and headed to its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament, finished 10th in last year's final rankings.
Head coach Mark Few took a young team - 10 players had never played a minute of NCAA Division I basketball entering the season - and blended it with a solid group of veterans to once again raise havoc on the national scene. Gonzaga posted wins over Colorado, Wisconsin and Cincinnati to win the Maui Invitational, downed Oklahoma at home, Illinois in the United Center in Chicago and the University of Memphis on the road.
The Bulldogs also posted a 12-2 West Coast Conference record to win a 10th straight WCC regular-season title.
Kansas was on top of the preseason poll and the Jayhawks were in the same spot in the season's final Top 25.
The Jayhawks, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, were a unanimous pick, their 15th week this season on top of the rankings. That matches Kansas in 1996-97 and Illinois in 2004-05 for the most weeks at No. 1 in a season since Duke ran the table in 1991-92.
Kansas (32-2) received all the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel and was on top for the second straight week. The Jayhawks were No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first eight weeks of the season until losing at Tennessee. They had another four-week stretch at No. 1 ended by a loss at Oklahoma State.
This is the second time Kansas was No. 1 in the final poll. In 1996-97, the Jayhawks went into the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team and they lost to Arizona in the round of 16.
While the top of the poll didn't change much at No. 1 in 2009-10 - with Texas, Kentucky and Syracuse also reaching No. 1 for a total of four weeks - a record 53 teams were ranked at some point in the season. That broke the record of 49 teams in 2007-08.
Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse, the other No. 1 seeds, were second through fourth this week. This was the 13th time in the last 14 seasons Duke was ranked in the top 10 in the final poll.
Ohio State was fifth followed by West Virginia, Kansas State, New Mexico, Villanova and Purdue.
Butler led the second 10 followed by Temple, Michigan State, Georgetown, Tennessee, Wisconsin, BYU, Pittsburgh, Baylor and Maryland.
The last five ranked teams were Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Texas A&M, Richmond and Xavier.
Texas moved into the No. 1 for the first time in school history in January and stayed there for two weeks before starting a season-ending run that saw the Longhorns go 7-9 after a 17-0 start. They became the fifth team to hold the No. 1 ranking and then drop out of the poll in the same season - Alabama was the last to do it in 2002-03.
Kentucky spent one week on top and the Wildcats were a unanimous pick that week. Syracuse moved to No. 1 for one week, the Orange's first time on top since 1990.
Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova and Duke spent the entire season in the top 10. Michigan State, Purdue, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgetown were the other teams to be ranked all season.
Five schools - Notre Dame, Portland, Northwestern, Miami and Wake Forest - were one-week wonders.
More than half of the preseason Top 25 weren't in the final poll, matching the worst predicting job by the panel ever. In 1990-91 and 2001-02, 14 teams also failed to make the final poll after starting the season as a ranked team. Included in this year's group were Texas, North Carolina, Connecticut, Washington and Michigan, all ranked in the top 15 in the preseason.
The Big East matched its own record with nine teams being ranked at some point in the season with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten next with eight, while the Big 12 had seven.
Twelve of the 31 conferences had at least one team ranked this season.
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' final 2009-10 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Kansas (65) 32-2 1,625 1 2. Kentucky 32-2 1,559 2 3. Duke 29-5 1,427 4 4. Syracuse 28-4 1,412 3 5. Ohio St. 27-7 1,377 5 6. West Virginia 27-6 1,365 7 7. Kansas St. 26-7 1,209 9 8. New Mexico 29-4 1,043 8 9. Villanova 24-7 961 10 10. Purdue 27-5 915 6 11. Butler 28-4 903 12 12. Temple 29-5 843 17 13. Michigan St. 24-8 836 11 14. Georgetown 23-10 788 22 15. Tennessee 25-8 616 15 16. Wisconsin 23-8 603 13 17. BYU 29-5 600 14 18. Pittsburgh 24-8 566 16 19. Baylor 25-7 550 21 20. Maryland 23-8 394 19 21. Vanderbilt 24-8 382 20 22. Gonzaga 26-6 359 18 23. Texas A&M 23-9 290 23 24. Richmond 26-8 141 - 25. Xavier 24-8 106 24 Others receiving votes: N. Iowa 68, UTEP 58, Notre Dame 39, Marquette 33, San Diego St. 18, Saint Mary's, Calif. 15, Cornell 6, UNLV 5, Georgia Tech 4, Utah St. 3, Virginia Tech 3, Mississippi St. 1, Murray St. 1, Texas 1.
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