Gonzaga Remains In ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll At No. 25

Dec 2, 2002

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University remained in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 25 after the Bulldogs posted a 1-2 record and fourth place finish in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. After a first-round victory over Utah, Gonzaga lost by one point to No. 21 Indiana and by eight points to No. 16 Kentucky.

Gonzaga hosts the University of Washington at 7 p.m. tonight in The Kennel. Gonzaga fell out of the Associated Press poll ranking fourth among the teams also receiving votes.

The University of North Carolina made the biggest leap into the poll after winning the Preseason NIT, the Tar Heels (5-0) climbed all the way to 14th in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released Monday (they're No. 12 in the latest AP poll). One of North Carolina's wins in the tournament came over Kansas (2-2), which dropped from second to 13th after a pair of defeats in New York.

The Tar Heels need only three more wins to match last season's total of eight victories.

Arizona (2-0) was the unanimous No. 1 pick, receiving all 31 first-place votes and 775 points in a nationwide panel of coaches.

No. 2 Texas (4-0), No. 3 Duke (3-0), No. 4 Pittsburgh (3-0) and No. 5 Alabama (4-0) each moved up one spot. Oregon (3-0), Oklahoma (3-1), defending national champion Maryland (3-0), Florida (4-1) and Marquette (4-0) complete the top 10.

Florida slipped two spots after losing to Stanford in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT. The Gators bounced back to beat Kansas in the consolation game.

Indiana (4-0), which lost to Maryland in last season's national championship game, joined North Carolina as the teams to make the biggest gains of the week as the Hoosiers jumped nine slots to 11th after capturing the Maui Invitational.

Connecticut (3-0) remained 12th, while Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri (2-0), Xavier (2-1), Minnesota (2-0), Kentucky (2-1), Tulsa (3-0) and Illinois (3-0) complete the top 20.

Michigan State (2-2), which lost to Villanova and Oklahoma State in the Great Alaska Shootout, plummeted 11 notches to 21st. Completing the poll are Stanford (4-1), Virginia (3-1), Mississippi State (2-1) and Gonzaga (2-2).

Stanford and Virginia were not ranked last week, while Gonzaga fell four notches after falling to Indiana and Kentucky in Maui.

No. 14 UCLA, No. 18 Georgia and No. 19 Cincinnati dropped out.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

                        Record  Pts   Pv
 1. Arizona (71)           2-0  775    1
 2. Texas                  4-0  714    3
 3. Duke                   3-0  695    4
 4. Pittsburgh             3-0  674    5
 5. Alabama                4-0  658    6
 6. Oregon                 3-0  573    9
 7. Oklahoma               3-1  525    8
 8. Maryland               3-0  521   11
 9. Florida                4-1  475    7
10. Marquette              4-0  459   13
11. Indiana                4-0  448   20
12. Connecticut            3-0  428   12
13. Kansas                 2-2  416    2
14. North Carolina         5-0  321   NR
15. Missouri               2-0  299   17
16. Xavier                 2-1  259   15
17. Minnesota              2-0  235   22
18. Kentucky               2-1  229   16
19. Tulsa                  3-0  192   24
20. Illinois               3-0  165   25
21. Michigan State         2-3  128   10
22. Stanford               4-1  122   NR
23. Virginia               3-1   99   NR
24. Mississippi State      2-1   79   23
25. GONZAGA                2-2   72   21
 
Others Receiving Votes

Creighton 64, Wisconsin 62, N.C. State 50, Texas Tech 29, Villanova 27, Notre Dame 26, Char. Southern 21, Ohio State 16, Purdue 15, UNLV 15, Oklahoma State 14, Dayton 12, Georgia Tech 12, Louisville 11, Hawaii 10, Southern Illinois 4, Miami 4, Georgetown 4, BYU 4, Utah State 4, Western Kentucky 3, Wyoming 1, Wake Forest 1, Hampton 1, San Diego 1.

Associated Press Poll

                        Record  Pts   Pv
 1. Arizona (71)           2-0  1,799   1
 2. Texas                  4-0  1,650   3
 3. Alabama                4-0  1,620   4
 4. Duke                   3-0  1,550   6
 5. Pittsburgh (1)         3-0  1,543   5
 6. Oklahoma               3-1  1,321   8
 7. Oregon                 3-0  1,227  10
 8. Florida                4-1  1,147   7
 9. Maryland               3-0  1,113  11
10. Indiana                4-0  1,044  19
11. Connecticut            3-0  1,001  12
12. North Carolina         5-0    997   -
13. Marquette              4-0    958  13
14. Kansas                 2-2    949   2
15. Missouri               2-0    677  18
16. Xavier                 2-1    630  16
17. Stanford               4-1    477   -
18. Kentucky               2-1    471  15
19. Tulsa                  3-0    468  22
20. Minnesota              2-0    433  24
21. Michigan St.           2-2    345   9
22. Virginia               3-1    312   -
23. Wisconsin              4-0    268  25
24. Mississippi St.        2-1    206  23
25. Illinois               3-0    170   -

Others receiving votes: Creighton 125, Coll. of Charleston 116, UCLA 95, Gonzaga 92, Georgia Tech 88, Cincinnati 76, Georgia 65, Texas Tech 55, N.C. State 48, Villanova 46, Dayton 35, Oklahoma St. 35, W. Kentucky 33, Notre Dame 28, Wyoming 15, Georgetown 13, Purdue 12, California 9, UNLV 9, Penn 7, Southern Cal 7, Louisville 3, Memphis 3, BYU 2, Hawaii 2, Syracuse 2, Wake Forest 2, Ohio 1.

 

 

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