Gonzaga Up Two Spots In AP Poll

Dec. 3, 2007

Texas' win at UCLA caused the first change this season in the top five teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

North Carolina was No. 1 Monday, as it has been since the preseason poll, but Memphis and Kansas both moved up one spot to second and third. Texas used its win over UCLA to vault from eighth to fourth.

Georgetown remained fifth and Duke moved up one spot to sixth. UCLA dropped five places after the 63-61 home loss to the Longhorns on Sunday.

The Tar Heels (7-0), who won road games against Ohio State and Kentucky last week, received 45 first-place votes and 1,769 points from the 72-member national media panel.

Memphis (6-0), which beat Austin Peay in its only game last week, was No. 1 on 22 ballots and had 1,717 points.

Kansas (7-0) also had a road win in Los Angeles on Sunday, beating Southern California 59-55. The Jayhawks and Texas (7-0) both received two first-place votes. Georgetown (5-0), which beat Old Dominion and Fairfield last week, got the only other No. 1 vote.

Washington State was eighth while Michigan State and Tennessee rounded out the top 10.

Gonzaga jumped two spots to 17th and will host the Cougars Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Marquette was 11th followed by Pittsburgh, Butler, Louisville, Indiana, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, Clemson, Oregon and BYU.

The last five ranked teams were Xavier, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Southern California and Villanova.

Arizona, Vanderbilt and Villanova moved into the Top 25, replacing Wisconsin, North Carolina State and Kansas State.

Arizona (5-2) moved back into the rankings off Sunday's 78-67 victory over previously unbeaten Texas A&M. The Wildcats, who have lost to Virginia and Kansas, were No. 17 in the preseason and first regular-season poll then fell out for two weeks.

Vanderbilt (7-0) moved in for the first time this season off a 92-79 victory over Georgia Tech. The Commodores, with wins last week over South Alabama and Georgia Tech, were ranked for four weeks late last season, reaching as high as 17th.


 

 

Villanova (5-1) returned after one week out of the Top 25. The Wildcats beat Penn 87-61 in their only game last week after falling out from 20th following a loss to North Carolina State in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic.

The three teams that fell out of the poll did so after losses to ranked teams.

Wisconsin (5-1) dropped from 20th after an 82-58 loss at Duke. North Carolina State (4-2) fell from 24th after an 81-58 loss at Michigan State. Kansas State (4-2) dropped from 25th after an 80-77 home loss to Oregon in overtime.

Texas A&M had the week's biggest drop, falling from ninth to No. 16 after the loss at Arizona.

There are two other games involving two ranked teams this week. Southern California meets Memphis at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic and BYU visits Michigan State on Saturday.

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 December 2, 2007)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. NORTH CAROLINA (45) (7-0)            1,769     1
 2. MEMPHIS (22) (6-0)                   1,717     3
 3. KANSAS (2) (7-0)                     1,630     4
 4. TEXAS (2) (7-0)                      1,549     8
 5. GEORGETOWN (1) (5-0)                 1,527     5
 6. DUKE (8-0)                           1,429     7
 7. UCLA (7-1)                           1,373     2
 8. WASHINGTON ST (7-0)                  1,348     6
 9. MICHIGAN ST (6-1)                    1,094    10
10. TENNESSEE (7-1)                      1,012    11
11. MARQUETTE (5-1)                        962    13
12. PITTSBURGH (7-0)                       938    14
13. BUTLER (7-0)                           893    16
14. LOUISVILLE (5-1)                       885    12
15. INDIANA (6-1)                          809    15
16. TEXAS A&M (7-1)                        788     9
17. GONZAGA (7-1)                          581    19
18. CLEMSON (7-0)                          564    18
19. OREGON (6-1)                           556    17
20. BYU (6-1)                              365    21
21. XAVIER (6-1)                           336    23
22. ARIZONA (5-2)                          212    NR
23. VANDERBILT (7-0)                       177    NR
24. USC (6-2)                              163    22
25. VILLANOVA (5-1)                        151    NR
Dropped Out: No. 20 WISCONSIN, No. 24 NC STATE, No. 25
KANSAS ST
Others Receiving Votes: SAINT MARYS CA 104, MIAMI FL 61,
ARKANSAS 61, WISCONSIN 57, VIRGINIA 55, STANFORD 42,
CALIFORNIA 30, WEST VIRGINIA 27, CREIGHTON 21, NC STATE 17,
KANSAS ST 15, ARIZONA ST 13, FLORIDA 13, SOUTHN ILLINOIS 7,
CONNECTICUT 6, SETON HALL 5, GEORGE MASON 4, OLE MISS 4,
OHIO ST 2.

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