Bulldogs Fall From AP Top 25 Men's Basketball Poll

Dec. 27, 1999

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Stanford, one of five unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, held the No. 1 spot in the AP college basketball poll for a second straight week today.

The Cardinal (9-0), who beat Mississippi State 76-56 in their only game last week, received 60 first-place votes and 1,734 points from the media panel to easily outdistance Connecticut (8-1), which had seven No. 1 votes and 1,670 points.

The Huskies were the only other team to hold the same spot from the previous Top 25 as 10 ranked teams lost last week.

Cincinnati, which had been No. 1 for five weeks until being replaced by Stanford, moved up one spot to No. 3, while Auburn moved up three places to fourth.

Arizona, which had its home winning streak snapped at 37 games by New Mexico, dropped from third to fifth. Florida and Syracuse, at 8-0 one of the other unbeaten teams, each moved up two spots to sixth and seventh. Michigan State, which lost at Kentucky, fell from fifth to eighth and was followed by Duke, which moved up one spot, and Kansas, which jumped two.

Oklahoma State (10-0), the only other undefeated ranked team, led the Second Ten and was followed by Indiana, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio State, Tennessee, Temple, Texas, Wake Forest and Illinois.

The last five ranked teams were Utah, Oklahoma, UCLA, DePaul and Tulsa.

The other unbeaten teams remaining in Division I were Louisiana State (10-0) and Marshall (8-0).

Utah (8-2), which had an impressive 79-73 win over Texas last week to stretch its winning streak to six games, was back in the Top 25 after falling out for three weeks following a loss at Weber State.

Tulsa (11-1) cruised through the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 14-point win over Boston College, a 15-point victory over North Carolina Charlotte and a 20-point win over previously unbeaten Tennessee. The Golden Hurricane, whose only loss was by one point at crosstown rival Oral Roberts, moved into the rankings for the first time since Feb. 3, 1997.

Gonzaga (7-3), which had been ranked in every poll this season, fell out from No. 22 following a 72-64 loss to California. North Carolina State (7-1) dropped from 25th after a one-week appearance in the rankings. The Wolfpack were knocked from the poll and the list of unbeatens with a 73-62 loss to Tulane.

The other ranked teams to lose last week were Illinois, UCLA, Oklahoma and North Carolina. The Tar Heels (8-4) lost to Indiana 82-73 in the Jimmy V Classic and 97-80 at Louisville and dropped from sixth to No. 13.

That leaves Connecticut, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Auburn and Arizona as the only teams to be ranked in the Top Ten all season.

While North Carolina's fall of seven places was the week's biggest drop in the rankings, Indiana made the biggest leap, from 20th to No. 12.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 26, 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. Stanford (60) 9-0 1,734 1

2. Connecticut (7) 8-1 1,670 2

3. Cincinnati (2) 9-1 1,606 4

4. Auburn 10-1 1,459 7

5. Arizona (1) 9-2 1,388 3

6. Florida 9-1 1,354 8

7. Syracuse 8-0 1,270 9

8. Michigan St. 8-3 1,255 5

9. Duke 8-2 1,210 10

10. Kansas 9-2 1,087 12

11. Oklahoma St. 10-0 1,047 13

12. Indiana 8-1 910 20

13. North Carolina 8-4 761 6

14. Maryland 8-2 709 17

15. Ohio St. 6-2 703 16

16. Tennessee 11-1 685 11

17. Temple 5-2 633 19

18. Texas 6-3 466 14

19. Wake Forest 8-1 454 23

20. Illinois 6-3 403 15

21. Utah 8-2 358 ?

22. Oklahoma 9-1 337 21

23. UCLA 6-2 258 18

24. DePaul 8-3 236 24

25. Tulsa 11-1 181 ?

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 164, Gonzaga 113, Xavier 45, Louisiana St. 40, St. John's 40, North Carolina State 34, Tulane 29, Mississippi 23, Ball St. 17, Dayton 9, Marshall 9, Colorado St. 7, Louisville 7, Creighton 6, Iowa St. 6, San Francisco 6, Oregon 5, Purdue 4, Southern Methodist 4, Delaware 2, Murray St. 2, California 1, Iowa 1, Pepperdine 1, St. Bonaventure 1.


 

 

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