Gonzaga Receives Votes In AP Poll

Nov. 29, 2004

BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) - The Atlantic Coast Conference tied a record by placing seven teams in this week's Associated Press Top-25 Poll, released Monday.

Following its win over Arizona on November 21, Virginia (4-0) entered the poll for the first time at No. 24 with victories over Appalachian State and Richmond. The Cavaliers join fellow ACC members Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland and North Carolina State in the Top 25.

The ACC also placed seven teams in the Top-25 twice in 1997, while the Big Ten accomplished it in 1993 and four times in 1999.

Wake Forest (5-0) widened its lead over Kansas (2-0) for the top spot by defeating Providence and Arizona to capture the Preseason NIT. The Demon Deacons had 40 first-place votes this week after getting 25 last week.

Gonzaga, 24th last week, fell out of the Top 25 following last week's loss to No. 5 Illinois, which held onto that spot this week. The Bulldogs are the first team listed among others receiving votes.

Syracuse (5-0) and Georgia Tech (3-0) swapped places with the Orange moving up to third, with four first-place votes, and the Yellow Jackets falling to fourth despite seven first-place votes.

North Carolina (4-1) climbed two notches from 11th to ninth, hurdling Duke (3-0), which slipped to 10th, despite defeating Davidson and North Carolina-Greensboro. The Tar Heels captured the Maui Invitational by knocking off Iowa in the final, then topped USC, 97-65, on Sunday.

Maryland (3-0) moved from 13th to 12th after winning the Tip-Off Classic over Memphis on Friday. N.C. State (4-0) rose from 17th to 16th.

The same four schools held on to fifth through eighth place this week. Illinois (4-0) got one first-place vote and is fifth.

Oklahoma State (3-0) is sixth, with two first-place votes.

Defending national champ Connecticut (1-0) remained seventh while Kentucky (3-0) stayed eighth. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils round out the top 10.

Michigan State (3-0), Maryland (3-0) and Pittsburgh (3-0) head the second 10. Washington (4-0) made the biggest jump from 22nd to 14th, thanks to the Huskies' championship run at the Great Alaska Shootout. They beat Alabama, 79-76, for the championship Saturday. Washington visits Gonzaga Wednesaday at 5 p.m.

The Huskies are followed by Mississippi State (5-1), North Carolina State (4-0), Louisville (3-1), Texas (3-1), Florida (3-0) and Notre Dame (3-0) at No. 20.

Arizona (3-2), which dropped the Preseason NIT final to Wake Forest, fell from 18th to 21st and is followed Alabama (4-1), Iowa (3-1), Virginia (4-0) and Wisconsin (2-1).

The Hawkeyes entered the poll for the first time based on an impressive run in Maui. They beat Louisville and Texas before falling to the Tar Heels in the final.

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 28, 2004)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. WAKE FOREST (40) (5-0)               1,737     1
 2. KANSAS (18) (2-0)                    1,678     2
 3. SYRACUSE (4) (5-0)                   1,582     4
 4. GEORGIA TECH (7) (3-0)               1,580     3
 5. ILLINOIS (1) (4-0)                   1,540     5
 6. OKLAHOMA ST (2) (3-0)                1,420     6
 7. CONNECTICUT (1-0)                    1,329     7
 8. KENTUCKY (3-0)                       1,284     8
 9. NORTH CAROLINA (4-1)                 1,134    11
10. DUKE (3-0)                           1,129     9
11. MICHIGAN ST (3-0)                    1,073    10
12. MARYLAND (3-0)                       1,018    13
13. PITTSBURGH (3-0)                       782    16
14. WASHINGTON (4-0)                       770    22
15. MISSISSIPPI ST (5-1)                   743    14
16. NO CAROLINA ST (4-0)                   722    17
17. LOUISVILLE (3-1)                       584    12
18. TEXAS (3-1)                            507    15
19. FLORIDA (3-0)                          447    23
20. NOTRE DAME (3-0)                       442    21
21. ARIZONA (3-2)                          413    18
22. ALABAMA (4-1)                          381    19
23. IOWA (3-1)                             367    NR
24. VIRGINIA (4-0)                         235    NR
25. WISCONSIN (2-1)                        114    20
Dropped Out: No. 24 Gonzaga, No. 25 Memphis
Others Receiving Votes: GONZAGA 65, CINCINNATI 51, SOUTHERN
ILL 46, MEMPHIS 34, CREIGHTON 26, BOSTON COLLEGE 24, VERMONT
18, CHARLOTTE 16, STANFORD 15, OKLAHOMA 14, PEPPERDINE 14,
MARQUETTE 13, MICHIGAN 9, UTAH 8, UAB 7, NEW MEXICO 4, GEO
WASHINGTON 3, IOWA ST 3, NEVADA 3, OHIO ST 3, WEST VIRGINIA
3, INDIANA 2, OREGON 2, RUTGERS 2, HOLY CROSS 1, LSU 1,
MIAMI OHIO 1, TEXAS EL PASO 1.

 

 

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