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.

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