Gonzaga Receives Votes In AP Poll

Nov. 20, 2006

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Florida remains the team to beat in college basketball.

Rolling to victories by an average of more than 37 points, the Gators again were the near-unanimous top selection in the Associated Press men's college basketball poll, released Monday.

Florida (4-0), which rolled to the first national title in school history last season, received 66 of 72 first-place votes and 1,794 points. The Gators captured one more first-place vote than they had last week.

Gonzaga once again received votes. Maryland is ranked 20th with 199 points, Texas received 181 points and Gonzaga received 179 points. Gonzaga and Texas meet Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Ariz., in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

Beginning last season with a school-record 17-0 record, Florida got 15 points from Lee Humphrey as it used a balanced effort to roll to a 93-44 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday.

While the Gators maintained their usual place, Wichita State (3-0) joined the poll for the first time in nearly 23 years at No. 24.

The Shockers, who first entered the poll on December 6, 1983, was one of two new entries along with No. 25 Maryland (5-0).

Reaching the NCAA regional semifinals for the first time since 1988 last season, Wichita State avenged a pair of losses to surprise Final Four participant George Mason from the year before with a 72-66 road victory on Saturday.

The Shockers next will face another Final Four squad, No. 6 Louisiana State, on Saturday.

Receiving the other six first-place votes was No. 2 North Carolina (3-0), which had 1,720 points.

Pittsburgh (5-0) moved up one spot to third, ahead of Ohio State (4-0), UCLA (1-0), LSU (3-0), Wisconsin (3-0), Alabama (3-0), Duke (3-0) and Kansas (2-1). The Jayhawks dropped seven spots following a 78-71 loss to Oral Roberts on Wednesday.

Texas A&M (4-0) is 11th, followed by Memphis (1-0), Marquette (4-0), Georgetown (2-1) and Arizona (2-1).

Washington (4-0) is 16th while Syracuse (4-0), Connecticut (4-0), Georgia Tech (3-0) and Kentucky (2-0) round out the top 20.

Nevada (3-0), Tennessee (4-0), Boston College (1-1), the Shockers and Terrapins complete the poll.

Maryland entered the poll after winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday with a 62-60 triumph over Michigan State.

Texas and Creighton both dropped out.

The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll, with
number of first-place votes and record in parentheses, total
points and previous ranking:
(Records through November 19, 2006)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. FLORIDA (66) (4-0)                   1,794     1
 2. NORTH CAROLINA (6) (3-0)             1,720     2
 3. PITTSBURGH (5-0)                     1,519     4
 4. OHIO ST (4-0)                        1,518     5
 5. UCLA (1-0)                           1,488     6
 6. LSU (2-0)                            1,484     7
 7. WISCONSIN (3-0)                      1,335     9
 8. ALABAMA (3-0)                        1,241    10
 9. DUKE (3-0)                           1,197    11
10. KANSAS (2-1)                         1,114     3
11. TEXAS A&M (4-0)                      1,065    12
12. MEMPHIS (1-0)                          919    13
13. MARQUETTE (4-0)                        716    16
14. GEORGETOWN (2-1)                       713     8
15. ARIZONA (2-1)                          706    15
16. WASHINGTON (4-0)                       640    17
17. SYRACUSE (4-0)                         571    18
18. CONNECTICUT (4-0)                      476    21
19. GEORGIA TECH (3-0)                     414    23
20. KENTUCKY (2-0)                         400    22
21. NEVADA (3-0)                           306    24
22. TENNESSEE (4-0)                        300    25
23. BOSTON COLLEGE (1-1)                   266    14
24. WICHITA ST (3-0)                       223    NR
25. MARYLAND (5-0)                         199    NR
Dropped Out: No. 19 TEXAS, No. 20 CREIGHTON
Others Receiving Votes: TEXAS 181, GONZAGA 179, SOUTHN
ILLINOIS 126, VIRGINIA 118, XAVIER 103, LOUISVILLE 71,
MICHIGAN ST 56, CREIGHTON 47, FLORIDA ST 44, ILLINOIS 41,
SAN DIEGO ST 20, BUTLER 12, ARKANSAS 11, OKLAHOMA ST 11,
VIRGINIA TECH 10, AIR FORCE 7, OLD DOMINION 6, KANSAS ST 5,
MISSISSIPPI ST 5, HOUSTON 4, OREGON 4, MICHIGAN 3, ORAL
ROBERTS 3, BRADLEY 2, INDIANA 2, PURDUE 2, VILLANOVA 1,
NEBRASKA 1.

 

 

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