Gonzaga Moves One Spot To Fourth In Coaches Poll

Dec. 8, 2008

MCLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- Following another impressive win over a high-profile program, North Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, which was released Monday.

The Tar Heels (8-0) received all 31 first-place votes and 775 points from a panel of Division I head coaches.

North Carolina has completely dominated its opposition this season, winning every game by double digits and posting an average victory margin of 30.4 points.

In their only game last week, the Tar Heels crushed then-No. 12 Michigan State, 98-63, at Detroit's Ford Field - the site of this season's Final Four.

North Carolina also has crushed Kentucky, Oregon and Notre Dame this season.

Despite receiving a scare from Buffalo last week, Connecticut (8-0) remained second in the rankings with 734 overall points.

The Huskies survived what would have been a major upset Thursday by rallying for a 68-64 victory over Buffalo.

Pittsburgh (9-0) remained third, followed by Gonzaga (6-0) and Oklahoma (8-0). Both the Bulldogs and the Sooners climbed one spot in the rankings.

The ranking is the highest for the Bulldogs since the week of March 15, 2008, when the Bulldogs climbed to No. 2 behind Stanford University. Gonzaga plays at Washington State University on Wednesday.

Texas (6-1) moved up two spots to sixth while Duke (8-1), which was upset Saturday by Michigan, dropped three places to seventh.

Tennessee (6-1), Xavier (7-0) and Louisville (4-1) rounded out the top 10.

Wake Forest (8-0) vaulted six spots to 11th, followed by Villanova (8-0), which jumped four spots to 12th. Notre Dame (6-2) fell six places to 13th following Saturday's loss to Ohio State.

UCLA (5-2) fell five spots to 14th, followed by Memphis (5-1), Syracuse (8-0), Purdue (6-2), Arizona State (7-1), Georgetown (5-1) and Michigan State (5-2).

Ohio State (5-0) entered the poll at No. 21, followed by Davidson (6-1) and defending national champion Kansas (7-1).

 

 

Also new to the rankings was No. 24 Marquette (7-1).

Miami (5-2) is 25th while Florida and Wisconsin 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 7, 2008) TEAM PTS PVS ---- --- --- 1. NORTH CAROLINA (31) (8-0) 775 1 2. CONNECTICUT (8-0) 734 2 3. PITTSBURGH (9-0) 715 3 4. GONZAGA (6-0) 674 5 5. OKLAHOMA (8-0) 632 6 6. TEXAS (6-1) 601 8 7. DUKE (8-1) 551 4 8. TENNESSEE (6-1) 465 13 9. XAVIER (7-0) 463 14 10. LOUISVILLE (4-1) 446 11 11. WAKE FOREST (8-0) 368 17 12. VILLANOVA (8-0) 362 16 13. NOTRE DAME (6-2) 359 7 14. UCLA (5-2) 349 9 15. MEMPHIS (5-1) 330 15 16. SYRACUSE (8-0) 317 20 17. PURDUE (6-2) 293 10 18. ARIZONA ST (7-1) 254 19 19. GEORGETOWN (5-1) 246 18 20. MICHIGAN ST (5-2) 190 12 21. OHIO ST (5-0) 173 NR 22. DAVIDSON (6-1) 143 24 23. KANSAS (7-1) 136 25 24. MARQUETTE (7-1) 102 NR 25. MIAMI FL (5-2) 69 22 Dropped Out: No. 21 FLORIDA, No. 22 WISCONSIN Others Receiving Votes: BAYLOR 65, DAYTON 57, WISCONSIN 43, BYU 34, CLEMSON 29, MICHIGAN 29, BUTLER 27, FLORIDA 22, SAINT MARYS CA 8, MISSOURI 5, MARYLAND 3, MINNESOTA 2, WASHINGTON ST 2, FLORIDA ST 1, WEST VIRGINIA 1.

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