Gonzaga Men's Basketball 20th In Final ESPN/USA TODAY Poll

April 3, 2001

Gonzaga University's men's basketball team has been ranked in the final ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 for the third straight season, the Bulldogs garnering the 20th spot in this year's final poll with 179 points.

National champion Duke University received all 31 first-place votes following Monday's title-game victory over the University of Arizona, which finished second with 744 points. Michigan State University, victorious over Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 matchup at the Georgia Dome, finished third with 697 points.

Four teams on the Bulldog schedule finished ranked in the top 25. In addition to No. 2 Arizona and No. 3 MSU, the Bulldogs also played No. 13 University of Florida and No. 21 University of Virginia, the latter Gonzaga's first-round victim in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bulldogs, who made their third straight appearance in the Sweet 16 this year, finished the 1999 season ranked 12th following their run to the Elite Eight, and capped last season with a No. 24 ranking after another run to the Sweet 16.


No. School        Record    Pts  Pv
1  Duke (31)       35-4     775   1
2. Arizona         28-8     744   4
3  Michigan St     28-5     697   3
4  Maryland        25-11    688  11
5  Stanford        31-3     642   2
6  Illinois        27-8     635   6
7  Kansas          26-7     483  12
8  Kentucky        24-10    461  10
9  Mississippi     27-8     455  13
10 North Carolina  26-7     427   5
11 Boston College  27-5     414   7
12 UCLA            23-9     386  18
13 Florida         24-7     380   8
14 USC             24-10    379  NR
15 Iowa St         25-6     321   9
16 Temple          24-13    308  NR
17 Georgetown      25-8     256  20
18 Syracuse        25-9     216  16
19 Oklahoma        26-7     183  14
20 GONZAGA         26-7     179  NR
21 Virginia        20-9     171  15
22 Cincinnati      25-10    160  NR
23 Notre Dame      20-10    138  19
24 St Josephs Pa   26-7     137  23
25 Penn St         21-12    110  NR

Dropped Out: No. 17 Texas, No. 21 Indiana, No. 22 Wake Forest, No. 24 Wisconsin, No. 25 Iowa.

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 71, Indiana 39, Tulsa 38, Iowa 34, Wake Forest 31, Fresno St 30, Tennessee 15, Alabama 12, Butler 12, Georgia St 8, Utah St 8, Xavier 8, Missouri 6, Ohio St 6, Charlotte 3, Georgia Tech 3, Indiana St 2, Wisconsin 2, Kent 1, Richmond 1.

 

 

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