Gonzaga Moves To 22nd In AP Men's Basketball Poll

Dec. 13, 1999

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

While Cincinnati was No. 1 for the fifth straight week in the AP college basketball poll released today, Kentucky was not in the Top 25 for the first time in over nine years.

Gonzaga, a 59-43 winner at 11th-ranked UCLA Saturday, moved from 24th to 22nd, the Bulldogs' highest ranking ever in the AP poll. Gonzaga plays at Washington Monday night.

The Bearcats (7-0), who beat North Carolina and Mississippi Valley State last week, were again a runaway choice for the top spot, receiving 62 first-place votes and 1,740 points from the national media panel.

Stanford (6-0) beat Georgia Tech in overtime in its only game last week and moved up one place to No. 2 with eight first-place votes and 1,651 points.

Kentucky (4-4), which ended a three-game losing streak with a win over North Carolina-Asheville before losing to Maryland on Saturday, fell out of the rankings from 23rd. The Wildcats had been in every Top 25 since Dec. 4, 1990, a run of 164 consecutive polls ? the fifth longest streak in history.

No. 7 North Carolina extended the current longest streak to 167 polls today, and that is third on the all-time list behind the 221 of UCLA from 1966-80 and the 171 by North Carolina from 1972-82. The current Tar Heels moved past Marquette, which was in 166 consecutive polls from 1969-79.

Connecticut, which beat then-No. 2 Arizona in the Great Eight last week, jumped from sixth to No. 3 and was followed by Arizona, Michigan State, Auburn, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida and Syracuse.

Syracuse, at 7-0 the only unbeaten team in the Top Ten besides Cincinnati and Stanford, moved up two spots to its first Top Ten ranking since Feb. 6, 1995.

Duke, which has won six straight since opening the season with two losses, moved up three spots to lead the Second Ten and was followed by Ohio State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Texas, Maryland, Temple, UCLA, DePaul and Illinois.

The last five teams in the poll were Indiana, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Purdue and Wake Forest.

Oklahoma (8-0) was the team that replaced Kentucky in the Top 25. The Sooners were last ranked early in the 1997-98 season.

With Kentucky's departure from the rankings, Arizona, at 77, has the second longest current streak of consecutive polls, a run that dates to the first regular season poll of the 1995-96 season.

The week's biggest jump in the rankings was Maryland's climb from 21st to No. 15 after wins over Winthrop and Kentucky, the latter avenging one of the Terrapins' two losses this season.

The biggest drops were the seven-place falls by UCLA and Wake Forest.

UCLA dropped from No. 11 to 18th after losing to Gonzaga with the Bruins' worst shooting performance in the history of Pauley Pavilion. The 43 points by the Bruins were their lowest in the 35-year history of Pauley Pavilion.

Wake Forest fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a buzzer-beating loss at Georgia on Saturday and the Demon Deacons also fell from 18th to No. 25.

By The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 12, 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. Cincinnati (62) 7-0 1,740 1

2. Stanford (8) 6-0 1,651 3

3. Connecticut 7-1 1,579 6

4. Arizona 7-1 1,551 2

5. Michigan St. 7-2 1,416 4

6. Auburn 5-1 1,269 8

7. North Carolina 7-2 1,248 7

8. Kansas 7-1 1,241 5

9. Florida 6-1 1,143 9

10. Syracuse 7-0 1,120 12

11. Duke 6-2 1,011 14

12. Ohio St. 3-1 940 13

13. Tennessee 8-0 902 16

14. Oklahoma St. 7-0 730 17

15. Texas 5-2 696 10

16. Maryland 8-2 542 21

17. Temple 3-2 534 19

18. UCLA 3-1 487 11

19. DePaul 6-2 465 20

20. Illinois 5-2 383 22

21. Indiana 6-1 375 15

22. Gonzaga 5-2 293 24

23. Oklahoma 8-0 284 ?

24. Purdue 6-2 208 25

25. Wake Forest 5-1 204 18

Others receiving votes: St. John's 169, Dayton 168, Utah 105, N.C. State 102, Minnesota 28, Michigan 23, LSU 21, Creighton 20, Kentucky 18, Vanderbilt 16, Miami 15, Tulsa 12, Mississippi 9, Georgia 6, Marshall 6, St. Bonaventure 4, UNLV 3, Ball St. 2, Memphis 2, New Mexico St. 2, Wisconsin 2, Delaware 1, Iowa St. 1, N. Iowa 1, SMU 1, Siena 1.

 

 

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