Gonzaga Moves Up To No. 20 In AP Poll

Nov 25, 2002

By JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer

Gonzaga moved up one spot in the weekly Associated Press college basketball poll as the Bulldogs opened their season with a 69-61 win over Hofstra University. Gonzaga opens play tonight against Utah in the Maui Invitational.

The top six teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll held their spots from last week, and the only change in the rankings came at the bottom with Wisconsin moving in at No. 25.

Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Pittsburgh and Duke were Nos. 1-6 for the second straight week.

The Wildcats (1-0) opened the season with a 107-68 victory over Western Kentucky, a loss that dropped the Hilltoppers out of the Top 25. Arizona received 60 first-place votes and 1,740 points from the national media panel.

Kansas (2-0), which beat Holy Cross and North Carolina-Greensboro to advance to the semifinals of the Preseason NIT, had nine first-place votes and 1,679 points.

Pittsburgh, which beat Duquesne 82-67 in its opener last week, was the only other team to receive a No. 1 vote.

Florida, which also advanced to the semifinals of the Preseason NIT, and Oklahoma traded places from last week and were ranked seventh and eight, respectively.

Michigan State and Oregon were again ranked Nos. 9 and 10.

Maryland moved up one spot to lead the second ten and was followed by Connecticut, Marquette, UCLA, Kentucky, Xavier, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Gonzaga.

The last five ranked teams were Cincinnati, Tulsa, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin (3-0), which beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 83-72 in its only game last week, is ranked for the first time since being in the poll for the entire 2000-01 season. The Badgers, who have won their three games this season by an average of 21.7 points, reached as high as 10th that season.

Western Kentucky dropped out of the rankings from 19th after the loss at Arizona.

The only other ranked teams to lose last week were Xavier, which dropped from 11th to No. 16 after losing 63-62 at Stanford in the second round of the Preseason NIT, and Mississippi State, which fell from 12th to No. 23 after a 79-76 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bulldogs played without Mario Austin, who is still awaiting an eligibility ruling from the NCAA.

By The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                        Record  Pts   Pv
 1. Arizona (60)           1-0  1,740   1
 2. Kansas (9)             2-0  1,679   2
 3. Texas                  2-0  1,506   3
 4. Alabama                2-0  1,493   4
 5. Pittsburgh (1)         1-0  1,429   5
 6. Duke                   1-0  1,405   6
 7. Florida                3-0  1,297   8
 8. Oklahoma               2-1  1,294   7
 9. Michigan St.           1-0  1,156   9
10. Oregon                 1-0  1,066  10
11. Maryland               1-0    915  12
12. Connecticut            1-0    844  14
13. Marquette              3-0    776  16
14. UCLA                   0-0    759  15
15. Kentucky               0-0    670  17
16. Xavier                 2-1    643  11
17. Georgia                1-1    606  18
18. Missouri               1-0    506  20
19. Indiana                0-0    463  22
20. Gonzaga                1-0    454  21
21. Cincinnati             1-0    325  23
22. Tulsa                  2-0    265  25
23. Mississippi St.        0-1    233  12
24. Minnesota              1-0    198  24
25. Wisconsin              3-0     97   -

Others receiving votes: Stanford 91, Virginia 86, Notre Dame 81, Illinois 76, W. Kentucky 75, Creighton 57, Wyoming 54, Louisville 41, N.C. State 41, Oklahoma St. 31, Texas Tech 31, Boston College 29, Penn 27, Georgia Tech 25, Ohio St. 23, LSU 22, Southern Cal 20, California 19, Syracuse 15, Pepperdine 13, Memphis 11, North Carolina 11, Temple 11, Georgetown 10, UNLV 8, S. Illinois 5, Ohio 4, Arizona St. 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 3, Charlotte 2, Saint Joseph's 2, Utah 2, Hawaii 1, St. Bonaventure 1.

 

 

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