Bulldogs 25th in Associated Press Men's Basketball Poll

Dec. 21, 2009

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Kansas will be spending at least one more week atop The Associated Press' college basketball poll, a spot it has held all season.

Another Big 12 team from that state jumped to territory it hasn't been in over 25 years.

Kansas State moved up to No. 12 on Monday, its highest ranking since the Wildcats were ninth in the final poll of 1972-73.

Gonzaga, which suffered a 35-point loss to Duke last Saturday in Madison Square Garden, fell 10 spots to 25th to remain in the rankings for a fourth straight week. The Bulldogs are idle until next Monday when they host Eastern Wasington University.

The Jayhawks (10-0), who beat Michigan 75-64 in their only game last week, saw their lead over Texas trimmed a bit. They received 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, six less than it had a week earlier. Those votes all went to Texas (10-0), which beat No. 10 North Carolina 103-90 on Saturday, and was No. 1 on seven ballots.

Kentucky (11-0) had one first-place vote and was third, followed by Purdue (10-0) and Syracuse (11-0), which was No. 1 on two ballots.

West Virginia, Duke and Villanova remained sixth through eighth, while Michigan State moved up three places to ninth and North Carolina remained 10th.

Connecticut moved up three spots to 11th and was followed by Kansas State, New Mexico, Georgetown, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Texas A&M and Butler.

Temple is making its first appearance in the poll since November 2001, and was followed by Washington, Texas Tech, Clemson and Gonzaga.

Kansas State (10-1) beat Alabama 87-74 last week to run its winning streak to seven since an 86-74 loss to Mississippi in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in this week's RPI ratings.

Temple (9-2) made its move into the rankings after handing two Big East teams their first losses of the season. The Owls followed their win over Villanova with a 71-65 victory at Seton Hall on Saturday.

 

 

Clemson (10-2) moved back into the rankings after falling out for two weeks. The Tigers have won four straight since a 76-74 loss to Illinois.

Georgia Tech (8-2) fell out from 22nd after losing its Atlantic Coast Conference opener to Florida State 66-59 in overtime on Sunday. Cincinnati (7-3) moved into the poll at No. 19 two weeks ago, then fell out from 25th this week following consecutive losses to Xavier and UAB.

Two of this week's three games between ranked teams are on Tuesday, when Michigan State visits Texas and Texas A&M is at Washington. Mississippi visits West Virginia on Wednesday.

The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll,
with number of first-place votes and records in parentheses,
total points and previous ranking:
(Records through December 20, 2009)
    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
    ----                                   ---   ---
 1. KANSAS (55) (10-0)                   1,611     1
 2. TEXAS (7) (10-0)                     1,543     2
 3. KENTUCKY (1) (11-0)                  1,477     3
 4. PURDUE (10-0)                        1,422     4
 5. SYRACUSE (2) (11-0)                  1,397     5
 6. WEST VIRGINIA (8-0)                  1,290     6
 7. DUKE (9-1)                           1,249     7
 8. VILLANOVA (10-1)                     1,175     8
 9. MICHIGAN ST (9-2)                    1,046    12
10. NORTH CAROLINA (8-3)                   959    10
11. CONNECTICUT (7-2)                      950    14
12. KANSAS ST (10-1)                       810    17
13. NEW MEXICO (12-0)                      707    19
14. GEORGETOWN (8-1)                       676    11
15. OLE MISS (10-1)                        624    20
16. TENNESSEE (8-2)                        616     9
17. OHIO ST (9-2)                          562    18
18. FLORIDA (8-2)                          519    13
19. TEXAS A&M (9-2)                        320    23
20. BUTLER (8-3)                           315    21
21. TEMPLE (9-2)                           244    NR
22. WASHINGTON (7-2)                       194    24
23. TEXAS TECH (9-1)                       192    16
24. CLEMSON (10-2)                         151    NR
25. GONZAGA (8-3)                          146    15
Dropped Out: No. 25 CINCINNATI, No. 22 GEORGIA TECH
Others Receiving Votes: FLORIDA ST 127, UNLV 126, WISCONSIN
96, NORTHWESTERN 89, GEORGIA TECH 76, ST JOHNS 53, MIAMI FL
50, MISSOURI ST 45, DAYTON 39, OKLAHOMA ST 29, UAB 29,
CHARLOTTE 29, SAINT MARYS CA 21, BYU 20, WICHITA ST 18,
MEMPHIS 16, TULSA 12, NC STATE 11, CINCINNATI 9, MISSISSIPPI
ST 8, BAYLOR 6, WAKE FOREST 4, WILLIAM & MARY 3, VIRGINIA
TECH 3, CALIFORNIA 3, RICHMOND 2, WESTRN CAROLINA 2, ARMY 1,
NORTHERN IOWA 1, PITTSBURGH 1, RHODE ISLAND 1

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