Bulldogs Remain In AP Top 10

Dec. 5, 2005

Duke and Texas were on top of The Associated Press' basketball poll again Monday, keeping this weekend's 1 vs. 2 matchup intact.

A familiar name returned near the bottom of the poll as North Carolina jumped in at 23rd following its upset win at Kentucky.

Duke (7-0) stayed unbeaten with a 77-75 home win over Virginia Tech on a 40-foot buzzer beater by Sean Dockery on Sunday night. The close win cost the Blue Devils, who won 75-67 at Indiana on Wednesday, eight first-place votes from last week, but they were on top of 53 ballots and had 1,767 points.

Texas (7-0), which beat Texas-Pan American and Texas-Arlington by an average of 33 points last week, had nine first-place votes - three more than last week - and 1,699 points from the national media panel.

Duke and Texas play Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J., the 35th 1-2 matchup since the AP poll began in the 1948-49 season. The most recent one was last season's NCAA championship game when North Carolina beat No. 1 Illinois 75-70.

The Tar Heels lost their top seven scorers from that team - four of them underclassmen who went in the NBA draft lottery - and they weren't ranked in the preseason poll. Led by a talented freshman class, North Carolina didn't wait long to return to the ranks of the ranked.

The Tar Heels lost a rematch of April's title game 68-64 on Tuesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, then went and beat then-No. 10 Kentucky 83-79.

"It may be satisfying to such a young team, but I don't believe it will cause them to lose their focus because they know it is so early in the season," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Monday. "For me personally, the polls are fine, but I really don't pay attention to where we are ranked."

Connecticut (6-0) stayed third, just six points behind Texas. The Huskies had nine first-place votes, five more than last week. Villanova (4-0), which beat then-No. 5 Oklahoma 85-74 on Saturday, stayed fourth, again receiving one first-place vote.

Duke's close win over an unranked opponent seemed to be what cost the Blue Devils the eight first-place votes.

"They way Duke won yesterday, you could look at it as resourceful and you could look at it as lucky," said Jim Mashek of The Sun-Herald in Gulfport, Miss., one of the voters who switched to Texas. "What happens Saturday could make another switch since I've been hedging on Duke and Texas all season."

Louisville, Boston College and Memphis all moved up two places to fifth through seventh. Oklahoma dropped to eighth following the road loss to Villanova, while Gonzaga, which lost 99-95 at Washington on Sunday night, fell from sixth to No. 9.

Florida was 10th and was followed by Illinois, Iowa, Washington, Michigan State, Kentucky, UCLA, Nevada, Indiana, George Washington and Wake Forest.

The last five ranked teams were Maryland, Alabama, North Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina State.

LSU (3-1) dropped out of the poll after a one-week appearance at No. 25 following an 84-83 loss to Houston. The Tigers weren't the only ranked team to lose to Houston last week as Arizona fell 69-65 to the Cougars and the Wildcats (2-3) had the week's biggest drop, from 15th to No. 24.

The biggest jump of the week was Washington's move from 18th to No. 13.

Bucknell was 26th in the voting. The Bison, who have never been ranked, won 57-52 at DePaul on Saturday and are 5-0 for the first time since 1983-84 and for only the third time since 1936.

Bucknell, a member of the Patriot League, upset Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season and won at Syracuse on Nov. 22. They will host No. 4 Villanova on Tuesday.

Besides Duke-Texas there are five games between ranked teams: No. 21 Maryland is at No. 19 George Washington on Monday; No. 6 Boston College plays No. 14 Michigan State in New York on Tuesday; No. 15 Kentucky plays No. 18 Indiana in Indianapolis and No. 16 UCLA faces No. 17 Nevada in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday; and No. 6 Boston College is at No. 21 Maryland on Sunday night.

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 4, 2005)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. DUKE (53) (7-0)                      1,767     1
 2. TEXAS (9) (7-0)                      1,699     2
 3. CONNECTICUT (9) (6-0)                1,693     3
 4. VILLANOVA (1) (4-0)                  1,593     4
 5. LOUISVILLE (3-0)                     1,431     7
 6. BOSTON COLLEGE (6-0)                 1,346     8
 7. MEMPHIS (6-1)                        1,333     9
 8. OKLAHOMA (4-1)                       1,244     5
 9. GONZAGA (4-2)                        1,202     6
10. FLORIDA (7-0)                        1,154    11
11. ILLINOIS (7-0)                       1,040    12
12. IOWA (7-1)                             967    14
13. WASHINGTON (7-0)                       944    18
14. MICHIGAN ST (5-2)                      833    13
15. KENTUCKY (5-2)                         614    10
16. UCLA (6-1)                             579    16
17. NEVADA (5-0)                           562    20
18. INDIANA (4-1)                          553    17
19. GEO WASHINGTON (4-0)                   488    19
20. WAKE FOREST (7-1)                      431    22
21. MARYLAND (5-1)                         367    23
22. ALABAMA (4-1)                          363    21
23. NORTH CAROLINA (4-1)                   281    NR
24. ARIZONA (2-3)                          170    15
25. NC STATE (5-1)                         127    24
Dropped Out: No. 25 LSU
Others Receiving Votes: BUCKNELL 114, HOUSTON 101, SYRACUSE
61, VANDERBILT 61, OHIO ST 54, WEST VIRGINIA 52, WISCONSIN
44, MICHIGAN 29, PITTSBURGH 18, OHIO 14, LSU 9, XAVIER 8,
ARKANSAS 7, HAWAII 7, CLEMSON 5, IOWA ST 4, OLD DOMINION 4,
IONA 3, TEXAS TECH 3, COLORADO ST 2, BUFFALO 1, LOYOLA MD 1,
UNC WILMINGTON 1.

 

 

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