Gonzaga 12th In Associated Press Top 25 Pre-Season Poll

Oct. 28, 2010

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Five teams on 12th-ranked Gonzaga's schedule - and a sixth the Bulldogs could play - dot the Associated Press preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll.

Defending national champion Duke was a runaway No. 1, while at the other end of the Top 25 there was a team entering the rankings for the first time ever in San Diego State, the first ranked team on the Gonzaga schedule this season.

The Bulldogs will host the Aztecs Nov. 16 on the second night of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

And the schedule doesn't get any easier after that.

Gonzaga is one of four teams guaranteed a spot in the CBE Classic Championship Round at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Third-ranked Kansas State will be the Bulldogs first opponent Nov. 22 in Kansas City, with Duke and Marquette doing battle in the other bracket. The two winners and two losers meet the following night, meaning the Bulldogs could have a re-match with top-ranked Duke from last season when the teams met in Madison Square Garden.

The Comcast Battle in Seattle Dec. 4 at KeyArena will feature the 12th-ranked Bulldogs and 13th-ranked Illinois, with 16th-ranked Baylor on tap Dec. 18 at American Arilines Arena in Dallas in The Showcase.

The tough slate continues Feb. 5 when 18th-ranked Memphis comes to the Spokane Arena for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic.

Duke, on top for a seventh time, has two starters returning to a roster featuring highly touted freshman Kyrie Irving and transfer Seth Curry, Stephen's little brother.

They're also a team that garnered 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, easily outdistancing Michigan State, which had eight No. 1 votes. Kansas State was third, followed by Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

Kansas State, which matched its highest ranking since 1962, got the other two first-place votes.

The Aztecs return five starters from last season's team that won 25 games and earned the school's sixth NCAA tournament bid, all of which resulted in first-round losses.

 

 

Four schools that were not ranked at all last season made the preseason poll: Missouri, Memphis, Virginia Tech and San Diego State.

Four schools in the poll did not play in the NCAA tournament last season, including No. 8 North Carolina, which reached the NIT championship game. The others were Illinois, Memphis and Virginia Tech.

The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll,
with number of first-place votes and records in parentheses,
total points and previous ranking:
(Records through October 27, 2010)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. DUKE (55)                            1,613    NR
 2. MICHIGAN ST (8)                      1,558    NR
 3. KANSAS ST (2)                        1,414    NR
 4. OHIO ST                              1,368    NR
 5. PITTSBURGH                           1,310    NR
 6. VILLANOVA                            1,198    NR
 7. KANSAS                               1,172    NR
 8. NORTH CAROLINA                       1,034    NR
 9. FLORIDA                                997    NR
10. SYRACUSE                               920    NR
11. KENTUCKY                               917    NR
12. GONZAGA                                889    NR
13. ILLINOIS                               773    NR
14. PURDUE                                 771    NR
15. MISSOURI                               700    NR
16. BAYLOR                                 625    NR
17. BUTLER                                 607    NR
18. WASHINGTON                             572    NR
19. MEMPHIS                                551    NR
20. GEORGETOWN                             363    NR
21. VIRGINIA TECH                          288    NR
22. TEMPLE                                 265    NR
23. TENNESSEE                              252    NR
24. BYU                                    198    NR
25. SAN DIEGO ST                           158    NR
Others Receiving Votes: WISCONSIN 126, TEXAS 107, GEORGIA
67, WEST VIRGINIA 65, MINNESOTA 55, FLORIDA ST 28, WICHITA
ST 28, UNLV 21, RICHMOND 17, MURRAY ST 15, VANDERBILT 14, NC
STATE 10, ARIZONA 8, CONNECTICUT 8, MISSISSIPPI ST 7,
COLORADO 7, UCLA 5, OHIO 4, MIAMI FL 4, UTAH ST 4, XAVIER 4,
DAYTON 3, OLD DOMINION 2, GEORGIA TECH 1, NEW MEXICO
1, WOFFORD 1

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