Bulldogs 22nd in USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll

Oct 31, 2002

ARLINGTON, Va. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball team is again on the national radar, the Bulldogs ranked 22nd in the USA Today-ESPN Top 25 preseason poll released Thursday.

The Bulldogs, 29-4 a year ago and a participant in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament, finished last season ranked 16th in the poll conducted by a voting panel of coaches.

The University of Arizona holds the preseason top spot. Another set of Bulldogs, the University of Georgia, are ranked 16th, with Gonzaga and Georgia set to meet Dec. 15 in the Peach Bowl Classic in Atlanta. The University of Indiana, in the same bracket as Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational, is ranked 21st. The Bulldogs and Hoosiers could meet in the second round in Maui.

North Carolina State Univrsity, the Bulldogs' opponent in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17, was the first team listed among those also receiving votes. Other schools on Gonzaga's schedule receiving votes were the University of Tulsa who comes to The Kennel Feb. 22; Stanford University, Gonzaga's foe in the Pete Newell Challenge Dec. 28, and West Coast Conference rival Pepperdine University. Gonzaga and Pepperdine tied for the WCC title last season with 13-1 records.

The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll will be released Nov. 11.

The top 25 teams in the preseason USA Today-ESPN men's college basketball
poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2001-02 records, total
points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a
25th-place vote and final ranking:

                         Record  Pts Pvs
 1. Arizona (27)           24-10  770  10
 2. Kansas (3)             33-4   740   2
 3. Oklahoma (1)           31-5   680   4
 4. Pittsburgh             29-6   613   9
 5. Texas                  22-12  583  18t
 6. Duke                   31-4   574   5
 7. Florida                22-9   554  23
 8. Alabama                27-8   494  14
 9. Oregon                 26-9   475   6t
10. Michigan State         19-12  439  NR
11. Xavier                 26-6   386  24
12. UCLA                   21-12  322  20
13. Mississippi State      27-8   321  21
14. Connecticut            27-7   314   6t
15. Maryland               32-4   285   1
16. Georgia                22-10  269  NR
17. Kentucky               22-10  262  13
18. Missouri               24-12  221  15
19. Marquette              26-7   215  18t
20. Cincinnati             31-4   168   8
21. Indiana                25-12  167   3
22. Gonzaga                29-4   163  16 
23. Western Kentucky       28-4   151  NR
24. Minnesota              18-13   86  NR
25. Illinois               26-9    83  11

Others receiving votes: North Carolina State 82; Virginia 76; Tulsa 67; Wisconsin 58; Wyoming 42; Syracuse 40; Villanova 40; Oklahoma State 37; Ohio State 37; Notre Dame 31; Creighton 30; Texas Tech 29; Boston College 17; Wake Forest 17; Georgia Tech 16; UNLV 13; California 11; Iowa State 11; Ball State 10; Hawaii 10; Louisville 10; Mississippi 10; Southern California 9; Pepperdine 7; Southern Illinois 7; Georgetown 6; Pennsylvania 3; UC-Santa Barbara 3; Dayton 2; Stanford 2; Temple 2; Hampton 1; Kent State 1; LSU 1; Miami (Fla.) 1; Utah State 1.

 

 

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