Gonzaga, Kentucky Swap AP Poll Spots

Nov. 14, 2005

Only four teams in the preseason Top 25 played the first week and went a combined 7-0, so there were very few changes Monday in The Associated Press' poll.

Wait two weeks.

Fifteen ranked teams will compete in four early-season tournaments over the next 11 days, and that should cause plenty of movement.

Duke was again the runaway No. 1, receiving 62 first-place votes - one more than in the preseason poll - and 1,788 points. That was 127 more than Texas, which again was No. 1 on six ballots.

Connecticut held third, followed by Michigan State, which dropped to three first-place votes, and Villanova, which again was No. 1 on one ballot.

Oklahoma and Louisville held sixth and seventh, and then came the first of the two changes with Kentucky and Gonzaga swapping the eighth and ninth spots.

Arizona again rounded out the Top Ten.

Boston College was 11th, followed by Memphis, Stanford, West Virginia, Alabama, Syracuse, Illinois, UCLA, Wake Forest and Iowa.

The last five ranked teams were George Washington, Nevada, Indiana, Maryland and Iowa State.

The other switch was UCLA and Wake Forest at Nos. 18 and 19.

West Virginia, Syracuse and Wake Forest went 2-0 last week, while Kentucky won its only game. The average margin of victory for the ranked teams was 15.8 points, with the only close games Syracuse's 67-62 victory over Cornell and Wake Forest' 83-78 overtime win against George Mason.

The four tournaments with the loaded fields are: the Maui Invitational with No. 3 Connecticut, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 9 Gonzaga, No. 10 Arizona and No. 24 Maryland; the Guardians Classic with No. 2 Texas, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 14 West Virginia and No. 20 Iowa; the Preseason NIT with No. 1 Duke, No. 12 Memphis, No. 15 Alabama and No. 18 UCLA; and the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer with No. 16 Syracuse and No. 19 Wake Forest.



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