Stanford No. 1

Jan. 7, 2001

Stanford has become the fourth team this season to be ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball poll.

The Cardinal (13-0) received 27 first-place votes and 769 points from a nationwide panel of coaches Sunday night to jump over Michigan State (12-1), which fell to third after a last-second loss at Indiana.

Michigan State garnered three first-place votes. One was given to No. 2 Duke (13-1), which trails Stanford by 36 points.

In addition to Stanford, Duke and Michigan State, Arizona (8-5) also has held the top spot this season. But the Wildcats have suffered through a turbulent start that has included the death of coach Lute Olson's wife. The Wildcats are ranked 20th.

The rest of this week's top 10 includes fourth-ranked Tennessee (14-1), Kansas (12-1), Wake Forest (12-1), Florida (10-2), Illinois (12-3), Virginia (11-1) and Syracuse (13-1).

North Carolina (11-2) jumped three places to 11th after defeating Wake Forest on Saturday night. The Tar Heels are followed by a pair of Big East schools, Connecticut (12-2) and Georgetown (13-0), while fellow league member Seton Hall (10-3) is No. 15.

Alabama (12-1) jumped four notches to 14th and Maryland (11-3) advanced one spot to 16th, while Wisconsin (10-2) fell five places to No. 17 after its 10-game winning streak came to an end against Minnesota on Saturday night.

The only newcomer to the top 25 is No. 23 Iowa State (13-1), which on Saturday posted a 20-point home victory over Oklahoma. The Sooners (11-2) fell three places to 19th.

Cincinnati dropped from the rankings despite winning the only game it played during the week.

Rounding out the poll is 18th-ranked Southern California (12-2), No. 21 Mississippi (13-1), No. 22 Texas (11-2), 24th-ranked Iowa (12-2) and No. 25 Notre Dame (9-3).

RK  TEAM               RECORD   PTS  PVS 1. Stanford (27)        13-0   769    2 2. Duke (1)             13-1   733    3 3. Michigan St (3)      12-1   730    1 4. Tennessee            14-1   653    5 5. Kansas               12-1   610    7 6. Wake Forest          12-1   605    4 7. Florida              10-2   598    6 8. Illinois             12-3   578    8 9. Virginia             11-1   505    910. Syracuse             13-1   474   1311. North Carolina       11-2   463   1412. Connecticut          12-2   396   1013. Georgetown           13-0   356   2014. Alabama              12-1   323   1815. Seton Hall           10-3   316   1116. Maryland             11-3   302   1717. Wisconsin            10-2   271   1218. USC                  12-2   220   1919. Oklahoma             11-2   174   1620. Arizona               8-5   166   1521. Mississippi          13-1   163   2122. Texas                11-2   156   2223. Iowa St.             13-1   131   NR24. Iowa                 12-2    88   2325. Notre Dame            9-3    78   25

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