Bulldogs Drop To No. 21 In Associated Press Top 25

Dec. 7, 2009

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Gonzaga, which came from a 15-point deficit Wendesday at home to down Washington State and then almost came back from a 10-point deficit Saturday against Wake Forest University only to lose 77-75, dropped four spots to No. 21 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll.

The Bulldogs are home Wednesday against Augustana College, then head to the Battle in Seattle Saturday against Davidson College.

Kansas, Texas and Villanova held the top three spots in the poll for the second straight week Monday. For the third consecutive week at least three teams moved into the Top 25.

The Jayhawks (7-0), who beat Alcorn State and UCLA last week, were again a runaway choice at No. 1, receiving all but three first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Texas (6-0), which beat Southern California in its only game last week, and Villanova (8-0), which beat Drexel and Maryland, both received one first-place vote.

Kentucky (8-0), which beat then-No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday, was fourth, switching places with Purdue (7-0). The Boilermakers beat Wake Forest and Buffalo last week.

West Virginia, Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 vote, Duke, Tennessee and Florida rounded out the top 10.

Wisconsin, which moved in at No. 20, and No. 23 Texas Tech, No. 24 Georgia Tech and No. 25 Mississippi moved into the rankings this week. They replaced Clemson, Louisville, Florida State and Portland.

Last week a record-tying seven teams moved into the poll and Florida State and Portland were the only ones to drop out.

North Carolina fell one spot to 11th and was followed by Michigan State, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Texas A&M, Washington, UNLV, Cincinnati and Wisconsin. Gonzaga was No. 21 and Butler was No. 22. Wisconsin (6-1) was ranked for the first three polls of 2008-09. The Badgers, whose only loss was to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational, moved in following a 73-69 victory over Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

 

 

This is Texas Tech's first appearance in the poll since the final Top 25 of 2004-05. The Red Raiders (8-0) beat Washington 99-92 in overtime last week.

Georgia Tech (6-1) returns after a two-week absence. The Yellow Jackets have won five straight since a 63-59 loss to Dayton in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Mississippi has won three straight since losing 79-67 to Villanova in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Rebels (7-1) were ranked for six weeks during the 2007-08 season.

Clemson, which blew a 23-point second-half lead in a 76-74 home loss to Illinois last week, was the highest-ranked of the teams to fall out of the poll, dropping from 18th. The Tigers (7-2) had been ranked in the last 14 polls.

Louisville (5-2) dropped out from 20th after an 87-65 loss to Charlotte, the worst home loss for the Cardinals since Rick Pitino became their coach in 2001. Louisville, which played without three injured guards, had been ranked in 29 consecutive polls since Feb. 12, 2008.

Florida State (7-2) moved in last week at No. 21 then lost 77-64 at Ohio State.

Portland cracked the poll last week for the first time since February 1959. The celebration of the five-decade wait was short-lived as the Pilots (5-3) lost 86-82 to Portland State and 68-48 to Idaho.

There are five games between ranked teams this week and four are at neutral sites.

Butler plays Georgetown in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday and Kentucky and Connecticut meet in the Big East/SEC Invitational the next night on the same Madison Square Garden court.

Syracuse and Florida meet in Tampa in another Big East-SEC matchup on Thursday. On Saturday, Ohio State visits Butler and Georgetown plays its first game in California since 2001 when it faces Washington in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball
poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through
Dec. 6, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote
through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous
ranking:
Record   Pts Pvs
 1. Kansas (62)            7-0  1,621   1
 2. Texas (1)              6-0  1,514   2
 3. Villanova (1)          8-0  1,460   3
 4. Kentucky               8-0  1,417   5
 5. Purdue                 7-0  1,409   4
 6. West Virginia          6-0  1,272   7
 7. Syracuse (1)           8-0  1,270   8
 8. Duke                   7-1  1,058   6
 9. Tennessee              6-1  1,047  11
10. Florida                8-0  1,024  13
11. North Carolina         7-2    985  10
12. Michigan St.           6-2    876   9
13. Ohio St.               7-1    806  15
14. Connecticut            6-1    787  14
15. Georgetown             6-0    723  16
16. Texas A&M              7-1    512  19
17. Washington             6-1    495  12
18. UNLV                   7-0    429  24
19. Cincinnati             5-1    334  22
20. Wisconsin              6-1    298   -
21. Gonzaga                6-2    279  17
22. Butler                 6-2    221  23
23. Texas Tech             8-0    219   -
24. Georgia Tech           6-1    171   -
25. Mississippi            7-1    127   -
Others receiving votes: Memphis 99, Clemson 96, Vanderbilt 74,
Florida St. 59, Kansas St. 59, Northwestern 48, Miami 46,
Oklahoma St. 41, Notre Dame 37, New Mexico 35, Charlotte 18,
Illinois 18, Baylor 17, Richmond 17, Louisville 15, Missouri St.
14, St. John's 14, BYU 13, Pittsburgh 11, Dayton 8, Seton Hall
6, California 5, Minnesota 5, Cornell 3, Illinois St. 3, N.C.
State 3, Tulsa 3, William & Mary 2, N. Iowa 1, UAB 1.

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