Same 25 In AP Top 25 Poll With Duke Still Unanimous No. 1

Dec 31, 2001

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Duke was a unanimous No. 1 choice in the AP college basketball poll for the fifth straight week Monday, while the same 25 teams remained in the rankings.

The Blue Devils (11-0), who beat San Diego State 92-79 in their only game last week, have been on top of the poll since the preseason voting. And, as it has since early December, Duke got all the No. 1 votes in the national media balloting.

The defending national champions received 70 first-place votes and 1,750 points, 107 more than Kansas (10-1), which was second for the second straight week.

The top nine teams stayed the same as last week's poll - Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland and Iowa.

Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 10, the Sooners' highest ranking since they also rounded out the Top Ten on Jan. 11, 1993. They reached No. 9 for two weeks earlier that season.

Boston College led the Second Ten and was followed by Stanford, Cincinnati, UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan State and Butler.

The last five ranked teams were Miami, Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Marquette. Gonzaga remained 22nd for the second straight week.

Missouri (9-3) was the only team in the Top 25 to lose to an unranked team last week. The Tigers, who were ranked No. 2 three weeks ago, dropped from 10th to No. 17 after losing to DePaul 63-62 Saturday, their third consecutive loss.

The other ranked teams that lost last week - Michigan State, Marquette and Georgetown - were beaten by fellow Top 25 teams.

Michigan State (9-4) fell from 13th to No. 19 after losing 75-64 to Stanford in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif. Marquette (10-2) dropped from No. 19 to 25th following a 64-59 loss at Wake Forest. Georgetown (9-3) fell 20th to No. 24 after losing 98-91 at UCLA.

Stanford's move from 16th to No. 12 was the week's biggest jump.

As conference play begins in earnest this week, all five unbeaten Division I teams are ranked - Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Butler and Miami - and all but two of the Top 25 come from seven leagues.

Butler, of the Horizon League, and Gonzaga, of the West Coast Conference, are the only ranked teams not from those seven conferences.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke, Virginia, Maryland and Wake Forest), the Big 12 (Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Missouri) and the Big East (Boston College, Syracuse, Miami and Georgetown) led the way among the leagues with four ranked teams each.

The only game with two ranked teams this week is Miami at Georgetown on Wednesday night.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                         Record  Pts  Pv 
 1. Duke (70)             11-0 1,750   1
 2. Kansas                10-1 1,643   2
 3. Florida               11-1 1,601   3
 4. Virginia               9-0 1,479   4
 5. Oklahoma St.          13-0 1,473   5
 6. Kentucky               8-2 1,399   6
 7. Illinois              11-2 1,321   7
 8. Maryland              10-2 1,270   8
 9. Iowa                  11-3 1,104   9
10. Oklahoma              10-1 1,029  12
11. Boston College        11-1   999  11
12. Stanford               7-2   830  16
13. Cincinnati            12-1   805  17
14. UCLA                   9-2   801  15
15. Arizona                8-3   766  14
16. Syracuse              11-2   638  18
17. Missouri               9-3   550  10
18. Alabama               10-2   519  21
19. Michigan St.           9-4   500  13
20. Butler                13-0   483  23
21. Miami                 13-0   471  24
22. Gonzaga               11-2   418  22 
23. Wake Forest            9-3   244  25
24. Georgetown             9-3   174  20
25. Marquette             10-2   170  19
Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 32, W. Kentucky 31, Memphis 27, Oregon 24, Notre Dame 23, Mississippi 18, Southern Cal 18, BYU 17, Connecticut 15, Georgia 13, Ball St. 11, Louisville 11, St. Bonaventure 11, Coll. of Charleston 8, Pittsburgh 8, S. Illinois 8, Bowling Green 7, Mississippi St. 6, Saint Joseph's 5, California 4, Hawaii 3, N.C. State 3, Utah St. 3, Wyoming 3, St. John's 2, Penn 1, Tulsa 1.
 

 

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