Bulldogs Join USA Today/ESPN Top 10 Basketball Poll

Nov. 24, 2008

McLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- North Carolina was a unanimous selection as the nation's top-ranked team in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, which was released Monday.

After wins double-digit wins over Kentucky and UC Santa Barbara last week, the Tar Heels (3-0) garnered all 31 first-place votes and 775 points overall.

Connecticut (4-0) lost its first-place vote but still remained second with 730 points following three wins last week.

Gonzaga (2-0) jumped one spot to 10th. The Bulldogs open play in the Old Spice Classic Thursday, a field that has a combined 19-1 record through games of Sunday. Gonzaga faces Oklahoma State in the first-day nightcap, then faces either University of Maryland or sixth-ranked Michigan State Friday. Also in the field but opposite Gonzaga in the bracket are 12th-ranked Tennessee and 16th-ranked Georgetown.

Two more Big East schools are behind UConn, with Louisville (2-0) and Pittsburgh (4-0) third and fourth, respectively.

Duke (6-0), out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, rounds out the top five.

Michigan State (2-0) is sixth, followed by Texas (2-0), Notre Dame (2-0) and Purdue ahead of the Bulldogs.

UCLA (3-1), which endured a surprising loss to Michigan last week, dropped seven spots to 11th and is followed by Tennessee (3-0), Oklahoma (4-0), Arizona State (3-0) and Marquette (3-0).

Georgetown (2-0) is 16th, followed by Memphis (4-1), Florida (3-0), Wisconsin (4-0) and Xavier (5-0), which entered the poll following its 63-58 win over Memphis on Sunday.

The final five are Miami (2-1), Villanova (3-0), Kansas (2-0), Wake Forest (2-0) and Davidson (3-1).

Southern California (3-2) was the only team to drop out of the rankings.

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 23, 2008)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. NORTH CAROLINA (31) (3-0)              775     1
 2. CONNECTICUT (4-0)                      730     2
 3. LOUISVILLE (2-0)                       697     3
 4. PITTSBURGH (4-0)                       635     6
 5. DUKE (6-0)                             625     5
 6. MICHIGAN ST (2-0)                      615     7
 7. TEXAS (2-0)                            576     8
 8. NOTRE DAME (2-0)                       551     9
 9. PURDUE (4-0)                           516    10
10. GONZAGA (2-0)                          481    11
11. UCLA (3-1)                             437     4
12. TENNESSEE (3-0)                        434    13
13. OKLAHOMA (4-0)                         415    14
14. ARIZONA ST (3-0)                       343    15
15. MARQUETTE (3-0)                        284    17
16. GEORGETOWN (2-0)                       251    18
17. MEMPHIS (4-1)                          246    12
18. FLORIDA (3-0)                          238    19
19. WISCONSIN (4-0)                        171    22
20. XAVIER (5-0)                           166    NR
21. MIAMI FL (2-1)                         146    16
22. VILLANOVA (3-0)                        143    23
23. KANSAS (2-0)                           125    24
24. WAKE FOREST (2-0)                      123    25
25. DAVIDSON (3-1)                         100    21
Dropped Out: No. 20 USC
Others Receiving Votes: UNLV 58, SAINT MARYS CA 43, OHIO ST
29, BAYLOR 27, WEST VIRGINIA 19, WASHINGTON ST 15, SYRACUSE
14, SIENA 10, CREIGHTON 8, TEXAS A&M 7, BYU 6, USC 4, UAB 3,
CLEMSON 3, MICHIGAN 3, OKLAHOMA ST 2, WASHINGTON 1.

 

 

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