Gonzaga Falls To 19th In AP Poll
Nov. 26, 2007
The many holiday tournaments didn't cause any changes at the top of The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll.
The bottom of the Top 25, however, was another matter after 13 ranked teams lost a game last week.
North Carolina held its slim lead over No. 2 UCLA on Monday as the top five teams stayed the same from last week.
Five schools fell out of the Top 25 while others made significant jumps and falls.
Gonzaga, which went 2-1 in the Great Alaska Shootout and claimed third place, fell five spots to 19th after being 14th throughout the first three polls.
The Tar Heels (5-0), who beat South Carolina State, Old Dominion and BYU last week, received 28 first-place votes - two more than last week - and 1,725 points from the 72-member national media panel.
UCLA (6-0), despite losing one first-place vote from last week's 26, was again nine points behind North Carolina. The Bruins beat Maryland, Michigan State and Yale last week.
Memphis (5-0), which beat Arkansas State in its only game last week, was No. 1 on 18 ballots, one less than last week, and had the same total of 1,689 points.
Kansas (5-0), which beat Arizona 76-72 in overtime on Sunday, and Georgetown (3-0), which won at Ball State and again received the only other first-place vote, held fourth and fifth.
Then came the changes.
Washington State, Duke, Texas and Texas A&M jumped to take sixth through ninth, while Michigan State stayed No. 10.
Washington State (6-0) beat Montana, Mississippi Valley State and Air Force to jump from ninth, while Duke (6-0) rode its title in the Maui Invitational to jump six spots to No. 7.
Texas (5-0) and Texas A&M (6-0) won the Legends Classic and NIT Season Tip-Off, respectively, and both moved up seven places.
The five newcomers move in as a block from 20th through 24th: Wisconsin, BYU, Southern California, Xavier and North Carolina State.
Teams that fell out were Southern Illinois, Villanova, Syracuse, Virginia and Florida.
Tennessee, which lost to Texas 97-78 in the Legends Classic final, dropped four spots to 11th and was followed by Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Butler, Oregon, Clemson, Gonzaga and Wisconsin.
The last five ranked teams were BYU, Southern California, Xavier, North Carolina State and Kansas State.
The biggest drops were by Indiana and Kansas State, which both fell seven places. Indiana (4-1) dropped to 15th after an 80-65 loss to Xavier, while Kansas State (5-1) fell to 25th after losing its first round game in the Old Spice Classic, 87-77, to George Mason.
Louisville, which started the week with the news senior center David Padgett would miss significant time with a knee injury, dropped to 12th after a 78-76 loss to BYU.
Southern Illinois and Villanova both lost in tournament championship games, the Salukis to Southern California in the Anaheim Classic and the Wildcats to North Carolina State at the Old Spice Classic.
Syracuse lost to Ohio State in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off, Virginia lost to Seton Hall and two-time defending national champion Florida fell to Florida State.
Of the five newcomers, only Wisconsin didn't beat a ranked team. The Badgers (5-0) had easy wins over Colorado and Georgia last week.
Southern California and North Carolina State both returned after a week out of the Top 25. The other three newcomers were all ranked at some point last season.
There are six games this week between ranked teams: Wisconsin at Duke; North Carolina State at Michigan State; Oregon at Kansas State; Indiana at Southern Illinois; Kansas at Southern California; and Texas at UCLA.
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 25, 2007) TEAM PTS PVS ---- --- --- 1. NORTH CAROLINA (28) (5-0) 1,736 1 2. UCLA (25) (6-0) 1,727 2 3. MEMPHIS (18) (5-0) 1,689 3 4. KANSAS (5-0) 1,577 4 5. GEORGETOWN (1) (3-0) 1,536 5 6. WASHINGTON ST (6-0) 1,360 9 7. DUKE (6-0) 1,353 13 8. TEXAS (5-0) 1,240 15 9. TEXAS A&M (6-0) 1,163 16 10. MICHIGAN ST (4-1) 1,015 10 11. TENNESSEE (5-1) 973 7 12. LOUISVILLE (4-1) 964 6 13. MARQUETTE (4-1) 950 11 14. PITTSBURGH (5-0) 871 17 15. INDIANA (4-1) 766 8 16. BUTLER (6-0) 742 22 17. OREGON (5-1) 495 12 18. CLEMSON (5-0) 495 24 19. GONZAGA (5-1) 454 14 20. WISCONSIN (5-0) 234 NR 21. BYU (5-1) 225 NR 22. USC (5-1) 217 NR 23. XAVIER (4-1) 199 NR 24. NC STATE (4-1) 173 NR 25. KANSAS ST (5-1) 163 18 Dropped Out: No. 19 SOUTHN ILLINOIS, No. 20 VILLANOVA, No. 21 SYRACUSE, No. 23 VIRGINIA, No. 25 FLORIDA Others Receiving Votes: VILLANOVA 109, VANDERBILT 109, SYRACUSE 90, ARIZONA 85, SOUTHN ILLINOIS 80, MIAMI FL 68, ARKANSAS 64, VIRGINIA 62, SETON HALL 54, OHIO ST 53, SAINT MARYS CA 50, CONNECTICUT 34, GEORGE MASON 34, STANFORD 27, BOSTON COLLEGE 18, MISSOURI 18, WEST VIRGINIA 17, FLORIDA 12, NEW ORLEANS 9, BAYLOR 5, ILLINOIS 4, KENTUCKY 4, MIAMI OH 3, OHIO 2, NEW MEXICO 1, GEO WASHINGTON 1, TEXAS TECH 1.
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