Gonzaga Jumps Three Spots In Coaches Voting

Dec. 17, 2007

MCLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- North Carolina kept the No. 1 ranking in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, which was released Monday.

There was no movement in the top 10 from last week's rankings.

The Tar Heels, off to a 9-0 start for the first time under coach Roy Williams, received 759 votes to edge second-place Memphis, which was given 742 points.

North Carolina received 24 first-place votes to only four for Memphis (8-0).

Kansas (10-0) and Georgetown (8-0) are third and fourth, respectively, and each received one first-place vote.

Fifth-ranked Texas (10-0) received the other first-place vote.

Washington State (9-0) is sixth, followed by Duke (9-0) and UCLA (9-1). Pittsburgh (10-0) and Michigan State (9-1) rounded out the top 10.

Texas A&M (9-1) jumped one spot ahead of Tennessee (9-1) for 11th.

Rounding out the top 15 was Marquette (7-1), Indiana (9-1) and Clemson (8-0).

Villanova (8-1) moved up two spots to 16th, followed by Vanderbilt (10-0) which improved five spots from last week.

Butler (9-1) moved up on spot to 18th. Arizona (7-2) and Gonzaga (8-2) round out the top 20.

Oregon (8-2) fell five spots to 21st after Saturday's 88-79 overtime loss at Nebraska.

Miami (9-0) entered the rankings at No. 22, followed by Brigham Young (9-2) and Xavier (8-2). Newcomer Stanford (8-1) rounds out the top 25.

Louisville and St. Mary's both fell from the rankings.



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