Gonzaga climbs to 23rd in coaches' poll

Dec. 20, 2004

BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Gonzaga has climbed back into the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll following its upset of Georgia Tech.

Gonzaga (8-1), which upset the Yellow Jackets, 85-73, on Saturday, jumped to a season-high 23rd in the latest poll released Monday. The Bulldogs were unranked the previous three weeks after ranking 25th in the first regular-season poll on November 22.

Georgia Tech (7-1), still one of four Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the top 10, dropped six spots to No. 9 after its first loss of the season.

Illinois (10-0) held on to the top ranking for the third straight week, collecting 24 of 31 first-place votes and 766 points.

Kansas (7-0) received five first-place votes and remained second with 740 points. Oklahoma State (8-0) garnered the other two first-place votes and climbed one spot to third.

Next in the poll are three ACC teams - Wake Forest (9-1), North Carolina (8-1) and Duke (8-0). Pittsburgh (8-0), Syracuse (9-1), Georgia Tech and Kentucky (7-1) complete the top 10.

Connecticut (5-1) starts the second 10, followed by Texas (7-2), North Carolina State (8-1), Alabama (9-1), Arizona (7-2), Cincinnati (7-0), Washington (8-1), Louisville (6-2), Iowa (9-1) and Michigan State (6-2).

Maryland (6-2), George Washington (7-1), Gonzaga, Mississippi State (9-2) and Virginia (7-1) complete the poll.

Marquette, which was 25th last week, dropped out following a 48-43 loss to Arizona.

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 19, 2004)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. ILLINOIS (24) (10-0)                   766     1
 2. KANSAS (5) (7-0)                       740     2
 3. OKLAHOMA ST (2) (8-0)                  713     4
 4. WAKE FOREST (9-1)                      646     5
 5. NORTH CAROLINA (8-1)                   643     6
 6. DUKE (8-0)                             624     7
 7. PITTSBURGH (8-0)                       545    10
 8. SYRACUSE (9-1)                         543     8
 9. GEORGIA TECH (7-1)                     536     3
10. KENTUCKY (7-1)                         497    11
11. CONNECTICUT (5-1)                      399    13
12. TEXAS (7-2)                            385    12
13. NO CAROLINA ST (8-1)                   342     9
14. ALABAMA (9-1)                          334    15
15. ARIZONA (7-2)                          333    16
16. CINCINNATI (7-0)                       296    17
17. WASHINGTON (8-1)                       293    20
18. LOUISVILLE (6-2)                       241    14
19. IOWA (9-1)                             216    21
20. MICHIGAN ST (6-2)                      199    18
21. MARYLAND (6-2)                         162    19
22. GEO WASHINGTON (7-1)                   161    22
23. GONZAGA (8-1)                          152    NR
24. MISSISSIPPI ST (9-2)                    90    24
25. VIRGINIA (7-1)                          81    23
Dropped Out: No. 25 Marquette
Others Receiving Votes: MARQUETTE 33, OKLAHOMA 23, BOSTON
COLLEGE 20, WISCONSIN 18, NEW MEXICO 11, WEST VIRGINIA 8,
SOUTHERN ILL 7, FLORIDA 3, NOTRE DAME 3, WICHITA ST 3,
CREIGHTON 2, HAWAII 1, IOWA ST 1, MICHIGAN 1, OLD DOMINION
1, SANTA CLARA 1, TEXAS A&M 1, TX A&M CORP CHR 1.

 

 

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