Bulldogs Up To Sixth In AP Poll

Nov. 28, 2005

Duke, Texas and Connecticut, winners of the biggest early-season tournaments, held on to the top three spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll on Monday.

Villanova and Oklahoma, who play Saturday, stayed fourth and fifth, respectively, then came a slew of changes in the Top 25.

Duke (5-0), which beat Drexel and Memphis in winning the NIT Season Tip-Off, received 61 first-place votes and 1,785 points from the national media panel to keep the No. 1 spot it has held since the preseason poll.

Texas (5-0) beat West Virginia and Iowa in taking the Guardians Classic, and the Longhorns were No. 1 on six ballots and had 1,696 points.

Connecticut (4-0) won the EA Sports Maui Invitational by beating Arkansas, Arizona and Gonzaga, and the Huskies received four first-place votes.

Villanova (2-0), which had the other first-place vote, and Oklahoma (3-0) meet this weekend in Philadelphia.

Ten ranked teams lost a total of 14 games last week, but 11 of the losses came at the hands of other members of the Top 25. So, only two teams dropped out - West Virginia from 13th and Syracuse from No. 17.

The teams that replaced them were North Carolina State at No. 24 and LSU at 25th.

Gonzaga, which beat Michigan State 109-106 in the semifinals at Maui then lost 65-63 at the buzzer to Connecticut in the title game, moved up two spots to sixth. Louisville, which didn't play last week, dropped one place to seventh.

Both Boston College and Memphis moved up two spots to eighth and ninth. Kentucky, which lost to Iowa in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic, dropped three places to No. 10.

Florida was 11th followed by Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Arizona, UCLA, Indiana, Washington, George Washington and Nevada.

The last five ranked teams were Alabama, Wake Forest, Maryland, North Carolina State and LSU.

North Carolina State gives the Atlantic Coast Conference five teams in the Top 25 along with Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest and Maryland.

The Wolfpack (5-0) beat VMI 75-55 and Notre Dame 61-48 last week. They were ranked in the preseason poll and for the first seven weeks of the season in 2004-05, reaching as high as 12th.

"I think it's a good thing to have high expectations for your basketball program," North Carolina State coach Herb Sendek said Monday. "But I think we all recognize at the end of the day, what the polls say on Nov. 28, in the whole scheme of things, isn't really important. It's early, those polls and rankings are going to change."

LSU (3-0) beat Nicholls State 104-57 and West Virginia 71-68 in overtime last week to get in the Top 25 for the first time since being 24th for one week in January 2004.

The Tigers' win at West Virginia was the third loss of the week for the Mountaineers(2-3), who fell to Texas and Kentucky in the Guardians Classic.

Syracuse (4-2) lost 74-69 to Bucknell at home last week.

The other ranked team to lose two games last week was Arizona, which fell to Connecticut and Michigan State on Maui.

Both the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten have four ranked teams this week, while the Big East and Pac-10 have three each. The Big East teams (Connecticut, Villanova and Louisville) are all in the top seven.

In addition to Oklahoma-Villanova, there are three other double-ranked games this week: North Carolina State-Iowa and Duke-Indiana are on Wednesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and Gonzaga plays Washington on Sunday.

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 27, 2005)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. DUKE (61) (5-0)                      1,785     1
 2. TEXAS (6) (5-0)                      1,696     2
 3. CONNECTICUT (4) (4-0)                1,682     3
 4. VILLANOVA (1) (2-0)                  1,493     4
 5. OKLAHOMA (3-0)                       1,465     5
 6. GONZAGA (3-1)                        1,371     8
 7. LOUISVILLE (1-0)                     1,331     6
 8. BOSTON COLLEGE (5-0)                 1,296    10
 9. MEMPHIS (3-1)                        1,202    11
10. KENTUCKY (4-1)                       1,079     7
11. FLORIDA (5-0)                        1,023    14
12. ILLINOIS (5-0)                         866    15
13. MICHIGAN ST (3-2)                      860    12
14. IOWA (4-1)                             852    18
15. ARIZONA (2-2)                          808     9
16. UCLA (4-1)                             534    16
17. INDIANA (3-0)                          533    20
18. WASHINGTON (6-0)                       455    25
19. GEO WASHINGTON (2-0)                   422    21
20. NEVADA (3-0)                           412    22
21. ALABAMA (2-1)                          404    19
22. WAKE FOREST (5-1)                      339    24
23. MARYLAND (4-1)                         282    23
24. NC STATE (5-0)                         236    NR
25. LSU (3-0)                              196    NR
Dropped Out: No. 13 WEST VIRGINIA, No. 17 SYRACUSE
Others Receiving Votes: SYRACUSE 175, WEST VIRGINIA 138,
WISCONSIN 76, BUCKNELL 73, OHIO ST 55, STANFORD 42, NORTHERN
IOWA 36, VANDERBILT 25, IOWA ST 19, HAWAII 16, NORTH
CAROLINA 16, OHIO 13, OKLAHOMA ST 13, MICHIGAN 12, KANSAS 9,
CREIGHTON 8, XAVIER 8, IONA 6, OLD DOMINION 6, ARKANSAS 4,
OREGON 4, TEXAS TECH 4, WICHITA ST 4, WINTHROP 4, GEORGETOWN
3, TEXAS A&M 3, MIAMI FL 2, CINCINNATI 1, DREXEL 1, HARVARD
1, UAB 1.

 

 

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