Bulldogs 25th In AP Poll

Dec. 6, 2004

NEW YORK (Ticker) - An impressive victory over previous No. 1 Wake Forest has moved Illinois to the top of the this week's Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Fighting Illini (6-0) jumped from third after routing the Demon Deacons, 91-73, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and edged Kansas (4-0) for the No. 1 spot.

Illinois received 25 of 72 first-place votes and collected 1,717 points. Kansas garnered 23 first-place votes and 1,700 points.

Gonzaga, which fell out of the Top 25 following a loss to Illinois on Nov. 27 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, moved back into the poll at No. 25 following victories last week over then-No. 14 Washington and Massachusetts.

The Bulldogs were unable to get back into the USA Today/ESPN Top 25, the Bulldogs the third team in the others receiving votes category.

The top 25 again featured a record seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams, including four in the top 10. Georgia Tech (5-0), which claimed 12 first-place votes, heads the ACC contingent at No. 3, while Wake Forest (6-1) dropped to sixth following its first loss. North Carolina (6-1) is No. 8 and Duke No. 9.

Syracuse (7-0) and Oklahoma State (5-0) complete the top five, while No. 7 Connecticut (3-0) and No. 10 Kentucky (4-1) round out the first 10.

Pittsburgh (5-0) starts the second 10, followed by North Carolina State (6-0), Louisville (4-1), Texas (5-1), Arizona (5-2), Washington (5-1), Iowa (6-1), Alabama (6-1), Virginia (6-0) and Michigan State (4-2).

The Spartans dropped nine spots after losing two of three games last week. They lost to Duke and George Washington (5-1), which also beat Maryland in the championship game of the BB&T Classic to move into the poll for the first time this season at No. 21.

Completing the poll are Mississippi State (6-2), Maryland (4-2), Wisconsin (4-1) and Gonzaga (5-1).

Maryland suffered the week's biggest fall, plummeting 11 spots after also losing two of three games. The Terrapins' other defeat came to Wisconsin.

Florida and Notre Dame dropped out.

The Illini also jumped to the top spot in the USA Today/ESPN top 25.

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 5, 2004)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. ILLINOIS (25) (6-0)                  1,717     5
 2. KANSAS (23) (4-0)                    1,700     2
 3. GEORGIA TECH (12) (5-0)              1,632     4
 4. SYRACUSE (9) (7-0)                   1,607     3
 5. OKLAHOMA ST (2) (5-0)                1,479     6
 6. WAKE FOREST (6-1)                    1,397     1
 7. CONNECTICUT (1) (3-0)                1,383     7
 8. NORTH CAROLINA (6-1)                 1,354     9
 9. DUKE (5-0)                           1,276    10
10. KENTUCKY (4-1)                       1,075     8
11. PITTSBURGH (5-0)                       987    13
12. NO CAROLINA ST (6-0)                   909    16
13. LOUISVILLE (4-1)                       697    17
14. TEXAS (5-1)                            692    18
15. ARIZONA (5-2)                          598    21
16. WASHINGTON (5-1)                       524    14
17. IOWA (6-1)                             496    23
18. ALABAMA (6-1)                          495    22
19. VIRGINIA (6-0)                         481    24
20. MICHIGAN ST (4-2)                      434    11
21. GEO WASHINGTON (5-1)                   423    NR
22. MISSISSIPPI ST (6-2)                   417    15
23. MARYLAND (4-2)                         405    12
24. WISCONSIN (4-1)                        343    25
25. GONZAGA (5-1)                          267    NR
Dropped Out: No. 19 Florida, No. 20 Notre Dame
Others Receiving Votes: FLORIDA 136, NOTRE DAME 128,
CINCINNATI 103, CREIGHTON 81, BOSTON COLLEGE 35, OKLAHOMA
29, MARQUETTE 23, SOUTHERN ILL 17, MEMPHIS 8, NEW MEXICO 7,
WISC MILWAUKEE 6, CHARLOTTE 5, OREGON 5, UAB 5, HAWAII 4,
MIAMI FLA 4, MICHIGAN 3, PEPPERDINE 3, ARKANSAS 2, OHIO 2,
PACIFIC 2, INDIANA 1, SANTA CLARA 1, STANFORD 1, VERMONT 1.

The Top 25 teams in the USA Today/ESPN men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses. Records through Dec. 5, 2004, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.

   Team/Record                             PTS   PVS
1. Illinois (18) 6-0                       757     3
2. Kansas (10) 4-0                         749     2
3. Georgia Tech (2) 5-0                    700     4
4. Syracuse  7-0                           651     5
5. Oklahoma State (1) 5-0                  621     7
6. Connecticut 3-0                         610     6
7. Wake Forest 6-1                         590     1
8. North Carolina  6-1                     568    11
9. Duke  5-0                               555    10
10. N.C. State  6-0                        445    13
11. Kentucky  4-1                          421     8
12. Pittsburgh 5-0                         416    14
13. Texas  5-1                             391    15
14. Louisville 4-1                         283    17
15. Arizona 5-2                            253    20
16. Michigan State 4-2                     251     9
17. Maryland  4-2                          248    12
18.  Alabama  6-1                          222    22
19. Virginia 6-0                           194    25
20. Cincinnati 4-0                         179    24
21. Washington 5-1                         174    16
22. Wisconsin  4-1                         163    23
23. Mississippi State  6-2                 112    21
24. Iowa 6-1                                91    NR
25.  George Washington 5-1                  80    NR

Dropped out: No. 18 Florida (4-1), No. 19 Notre Dame (3-1).

Others receiving votes: Florida 76; Notre Dame 51; Gonzaga 49; Marquette 41; Oklahoma 34; Michigan 15; Creighton 14; UAB 13; Boston College 12; Southern Illinois 10; Old Dominion 9; Memphis 8; Santa Clara 7; West Virginia 5; Pacific 2; Providence 2; Miami (Ohio) 1; Oregon 1; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1.

 

 

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