Bulldogs 25th in USA Today/ESPN Poll

Nov. 22, 2004

McLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) - Wake Forest took over the top spot in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll but North Carolina and Arizona were the biggest losers while Gonzaga moved into the poll in 25th.

The Demon Deacons (2-0), who beat George Washington, 97-76, and Virginia Commonwealth, 81-67, secured 15 first-place votes and 746 points total. Kansas, who fell from the top ranking, received 12 first-place votes and 741 points after a come-from-behind 68-61 victory against American East champion Vermont on Friday.

The Tar Heels (0-1) dropped from third to 12th after losing to Santa Clara, 77-66, on Friday. The Tar Heels struggled without point guard Raymond Felton, who was serving a one-game suspension for playing in a non-sanctioned summer league game.

After beating San Diego and Wright State in the first two rounds of the preseason NIT Tournament, Arizona (2-1) slipped from 11th to a tie for 17th with Wisconsin after dropping a 78-60 decision at Virginia on Sunday.

With North Carolina falling, Georgia Tech (1-0), Illinois (2-0) and Syracuse (4-0) all moved up one spot among the top five.

Syracuse only moved up one slot despite winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic by defeating top-25 clubs Mississippi State and Memphis on consecutive nights. Star forward Hakim Warrick scored 17 points in the second half in each victory.

Connecticut (1-0), Oklahoma State (1-0), Kentucky (1-0), Michigan State (1-0) and Duke (1-0) round out the top 10.

Louisville (1-0), North Carolina (0-1), Texas (1-0), Maryland (1-0) and Pittsburgh (1-0) are ranked 11th through 15th.

North Carolina State (3-0) won three games in the BCA Classic by 26 points or more to move up from 19th to 16th. The Wolfpack are followed by Arizona (2-1), Wisconsin (1-0), Alabama (2-0) and Mississippi State (4-1).

Notre Dame (1-0), Florida (1-0), Washington (1-0), Memphis (3-1) and Gonzaga (2-0) round out the top 25.

Gonzaga, which picked up two wins over Portland State and Montana, replaced Stanford, the only top-25 school to drop out of the rankings. Stanford needed overtime to beat San Francisco in its opener. The Bulldogs host Idaho Wednesday at 8 p.m. then face No. 4 Illinois on Saturday at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball
coaches' poll, with number of first-place votes and record
in parentheses, total points and previous ranking:
(Records through November 22, 2004)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. WAKE FOREST (15) (2-0)                 746     2
 2. KANSAS (12) (1-0)                      741     1
 3. GEORGIA TECH (1) (1-0)                 651     4
 4. ILLINOIS (1) (2-0)                     643     5
 5. SYRACUSE (4-0)                         624     6
 6. CONNECTICUT (1-0)                      597     7
 7. OKLAHOMA ST (1) (1-0)                  560     8
 8. KENTUCKY (1) (1-0)                     546     9
 9. MICHIGAN ST (1-0)                      505    10
10. DUKE (1-0)                             455    12
11. LOUISVILLE (1-0)                       426    13
12. NORTH CAROLINA (0-1)                   410     3
13. TEXAS (1-0)                            375    15
14. MARYLAND (1-0)                         354    16
15. PITTSBURGH (1-0)                       283    17
16. NO CAROLINA ST (3-0)                   264    19
17. (tie) ARIZONA (2-1)                    252    11
17. (tie) WISCONSIN (1-0)                  252    20
19. ALABAMA (2-0)                          248    18
20. MISSISSIPPI ST (4-1)                   237    14
21. NOTRE DAME (1-0)                       190    21
22. FLORIDA (1-0)                          145    22
23. WASHINGTON (1-0)                       119    24
24. MEMPHIS (3-1)                           95    23
25. GONZAGA (2-0)                           60    NR
Dropped Out: No. 25 Stanford
Others Receiving Votes: STANFORD 54, MICHIGAN 45, CINCINNATI
37, PROVIDENCE 35, VIRGINIA 23, OKLAHOMA 21, CHARLOTTE 18,
SOUTHERN ILL 11, UNLV 10, DEPAUL 9, VANDERBILT 7, UAB 6,
PACIFIC 6, UTAH 5, MIAMI OHIO 3, NEW MEXICO 2, TEXAS TECH 2,
MARQUETTE 1, SAINT JOSEPHS 1, TEXAS EL PASO 1.

 

 

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