Gonzaga Still 19th In Coaches Poll

Dec. 3, 2007

MCLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- North Carolina claimed the No. 1 ranking in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Monday.

The Tar Heels, off to a 7-0 start for the first time under coach Roy Williams, received 753 votes to edge second-place Memphis, which was given 746 points.

North Carolina received 23 first-place votes to only six for Memphis (6-0).

The Tar Heels had dropped to No. 2 in the rankings last week after being tied atop the poll two weeks ago with UCLA.

One week after taking sole possession of the top ranking, the Bruins (7-1) fell seven spots to eighth after Sunday's 63-61 loss to then-No. 8 Texas.

The Longhorns (7-0) moved up to fifth in the rankings with 620 points.

Both Kansas (7-0) and Georgetown (5-0) moved up one spot to third and fourth, respectively, and each received one first-place vote.

Washington State (7-0) is sixth, followed by Duke (8-0) and UCLA. Pittsburgh (7-0) and Michigan State (6-1) rounded out the top 10.

Louisville (5-1) dropped one spot to 11th, followed by Tennessee (7-1), Butler (7-0) and Texas A&M (7-1), which fell five spots after a 78-67 loss to Arizona on Sunday.

Indiana (6-1) and Marquette (5-1) tied for 15th, each with 341 points.

Clemson (7-0) was 17th, followed by Oregon (6-1), Gonzaga (7-1) and Xavier (6-1).

Villanova (5-1) remained 21st, followed by Brigham Young (6-1) and Wisconsin (5-1).

Gonzaga entertains Washington State Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Newcomers to the poll, Arizona (5-2) and Vanderbilt (7-0), are ranked 24th and 25th, respectively.

Southern Illinois and Southern California both fell from the rankings.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball coaches' 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 (23) (7-0)              753     2
 2. MEMPHIS (6) (6-0)                      746     3
 3. KANSAS (1) (7-0)                       717     4
 4. GEORGETOWN (1) (5-0)                   670     5
 5. TEXAS (7-0)                            620     8
 6. WASHINGTON ST (7-0)                    599     6
 7. DUKE (8-0)                             594     7
 8. UCLA (7-1)                             587     1
 9. PITTSBURGH (7-0)                       477    11
10. MICHIGAN ST (6-1)                      437    13
11. LOUISVILLE (5-1)                       422    10
12. TENNESSEE (7-1)                        402    12
13. BUTLER (7-0)                           374    16
14. TEXAS A&M (7-1)                        357     9
15. (tie) INDIANA (6-1)                    341    15
15. (tie) MARQUETTE (5-1)                  341    14
17. CLEMSON (7-0)                          255    18
18. OREGON (6-1)                           250    17
19. GONZAGA (7-1)                          242    19
20. XAVIER (6-1)                           171    25
21. VILLANOVA (5-1)                        132    21
22. BYU (6-1)                              124    23
23. WISCONSIN (5-1)                         63    20
24. ARIZONA (5-2)                           58    NR
25. VANDERBILT (7-0)                        49    NR
Dropped Out: No. 22 SOUTHN ILLINOIS, No. 24 USC
Others Receiving Votes: SAINT MARYS CA 48, USC 41, ARKANSAS
27, STANFORD 26, VIRGINIA 26, SOUTHN ILLINOIS 24, MIAMI FL
22, CALIFORNIA 21, CONNECTICUT 15, DAVIDSON 8, SYRACUSE 8,
FLORIDA 7, CREIGHTON 5, ILLINOIS 5, NC STATE 4, RHODE ISLAND
3, KANSAS ST 2, PROVIDENCE 1, SAN DIEGO ST 1.  


 

 

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