Gonzaga Still 22nd In USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25

Dec. 31, 2001

McLEAN, Va. (Ticker) - Duke will start the new year where it's been for months - atop the USA TODAY/ESPN coaches' poll.

The Blue Devils again were the unanimous No. 1 choice in the latest poll, released Sunday, garnering all 31 votes and 775 points from a panel of Division I coaches. They extended the nation's longest winning streak to 21 games Saturday with a 92-79 triumph over San Diego State.

The top nine teams remain unchanged, with Florida (11-1), Kansas (10-1), Virginia (10-0), Oklahoma State (13-0), Maryland (9-2), Illinois (11-2), Kentucky (8-2) and Iowa (11-3) following the defending national champions.

Syracuse (10-2), which hosts Buffalo on Sunday night, jumped a spot to 10th. The Orangemen supplanted Missouri (18), which fell eight notches following Saturday's 63-62 loss at DePaul.

Oklahoma (10-1) moved up three spots to 11th, with Boston College (12) followed by Pac-10 Conference schools Stanford (7-2), Arizona (9-3) and UCLA (9-2). Cincinnati (12-1), Michigan State (9-4), Alabama (10-2) and unheralded Butler (13-0) filling out the top 20.

Unbeaten Miami (13-0), coming off victories over Louisiana State and St. Francis (Pa.), climbed two rungs to 21st. Gonzaga (11-2), Georgetown (9-3), Wake Forest (9-3) and Marquette (10-2) fill out the poll. Gonzaga remained 22nd for the second straight week.

With action limited during the holiday break, no schools dropped out of the top 25.

Rank  School          Record  Points  Last Week  
1. Duke (31)           11-0    775        1
2. Florida             11-1    721        2
3. Kansas              10-1    699        3
4. Virginia             9-0    668        4
5. Oklahoma State      13-0    642        5
6. Maryland             9-2    601        6
7. Illinois            11-2    587        7
8. Kentucky             8-2    586        8
9. Iowa                11-3    508        9
10. Syracuse           10-2    436       11
11. Oklahoma           10-1    420       14
12. Boston College     11-1    365       13
13. Stanford            7-2    346       15
14. Arizona             8-3    317       16
15. UCLA                9-2    307       17
16. Cincinnati         12-1    293       20
17.  Michigan State     9-4    270       12
18. Missouri            9-3    231       10
19. Alabama            10-2    215       21
20. Butler             13-0    196       24
21. Miami (Fla.)       13-0    175       23
22. Gonzaga            11-2    166       22 
23. Georgetown          9-3    129       18
24. Wake Forest         9-3    125       25
25. Marquette          10-2    105       19
DROPPED OUT: None.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Western Kentucky 36, Saint Joseph's 18, Wyoming 14, Ball State 13, North Carolina State 12, Temple 11, Southern Illinois 9, Utah State 9, Memphis 8, Texas 8, Brigham Young 7, Connecticut 7, Bowling Green 6, Hawaii 6, New Mexico 5, South Florida 5, Notre Dame 4, Mississippi State 3, Pittsburgh 3, Dayton 2, Oregon 2, DePaul 1, Georgia 1, Texas Tech 1, Tulsa 1.

 

 

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