UCLA Rejoins Top 25
Feb. 12, 2001
LOS ANGELES - While North Carolina remained No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for thesecond straight week Monday, two of college basketball's other premier programsre-entered the Top 25.
Kentucky and UCLA, both dropped from the rankings 11 weeks ago, came in thisweek at Nos. 22 and 24.
North Carolina (21-2), which extended the nation's longest winning streak to18 games with victories over Wake Forest and Maryland last week, received 62first-place votes and 1,742 points from the national media panel.
Stanford (22-1), which got the other eight No. 1 votes and 1,659 points, andDuke (22-2) remained second and third.
Illinois, which beat Michigan State last week in the only regular-seasonmeeting between the Big Ten's top two teams, jumped from seventh to fourth,while the Spartans dropped one spot to fifth.
Kansas dropped one spot to sixth after losing to Iowa State last week, avictory that jumped the Cyclones from 12th to seventh.
Arizona, Boston College and Syracuse rounded out the Top Ten. Boston Collegejumped from 17th to ninth, the Eagles' first appearance in the Top Ten sincethey were sixth on Dec. 20, 1983.
Florida dropped three spots to No. 11 and was followed in the Second Ten byVirginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Mississippi, Maryland, Georgetown,Wisconsin and Fresno State.
The last five ranked teams were Alabama, Kentucky, Wake Forest, UCLA andIowa.
Kentucky (15-7) dropped from the rankings in late November after a loss toPenn State left the Wildcats 1-3. Consecutive losses to Georgia Tech andMichigan State gave Kentucky a 3-5 mark, but since then it has won 12 of 14games, including the last five in a row. The Wildcats' 8-2 SoutheasternConference record gives them a two-game lead over Florida in the league's EastDivision.
UCLA (15-6) fell from the rankings after a stunning home loss to CalState-Northridge left the Bruins 1-2. They re-entered the Top 25 on athree-game winning streak, all on the road, and the first two were overStanford - the Cardinal's first loss of the season - and crosstown rivalSouthern California.
The 85-76 loss to UCLA knocked the Trojans (16-6) out of the rankings from22nd. It is their first time out of the poll this season, after being as highas 12th.
Xavier (18-4) fell out from 24th after one week in the rankings. TheMusketeers lost to St. Joseph's last week before beating Temple.
The biggest jump of the week was Mississippi's rise from 25th to No. 16after SEC wins over LSU and Tennessee. The biggest drop of the week was Iowa'sfall from 14th to No. 25 after the Hawkeyes, playing without injured guard LukeRecker, lost Big Ten games to Ohio State and Northwestern.
Tennessee (18-6), which also lost a conference game to Arkansas last week,dropped from 10th to No. 15, the Volunteers' first appearance this season outof the Top Ten.
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
The Men's Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll,with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 11, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pvs 1. North Carolina (62) 21-2 1,742 1 2. Stanford (8) 22-1 1,659 2 3. Duke 22-2 1,633 3 4. Illinois 19-5 1,487 7 5. Michigan St. 19-3 1,459 4 6. Kansas 19-3 1,337 5 7. Iowa St. 21-3 1,317 12 8. Arizona 17-6 1,263 11 9. Boston College 18-2 1,087 1710. Syracuse 19-4 1,083 911. Florida 16-5 1,079 812. Virginia 16-6 804 613. Oklahoma 19-4 759 2114. Notre Dame 16-5 719 2015. Tennessee 18-6 669 1016. Mississippi 19-4 518 2517. Maryland 15-8 458 1318. Georgetown 19-4 453 1519. Wisconsin 15-6 429 1620. Fresno St. 20-3 426 2321. Alabama 18-5 403 1822. Kentucky 15-7 382 -23. Wake Forest 16-7 381 1924. UCLA 15-6 278 -25. Iowa 17-6 195 14
Others receiving votes: Xavier 168, St. Joseph's 150, Southern Cal 110,Providence 106, Georgia Tech 67, Gonzaga 36, California 22, Ohio St. 21, Cent.Michigan 9, Utah 9, Cincinnati 7, Utah St. 7, Wyoming 7, Georgia St. 6, Hofstra3, Coll. of Charleston 1, Holy Cross 1.