Cardinal Again A Unanimous No. 1
Feb. 26, 2001
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
Stanford, the only Division I team with fewer than three losses, was aunanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the secondtime this season.
The Cardinal (25-1) received all 70 first-place votes and 1,750 points froma national media panel on Monday. This is their second straight week atop thepoll and sixth this season. Stanford, which beat Washington and WashingtonState last week, also was a unanimous No. 1 on Jan. 8, its first week on top ofthe poll this season.
Stanford gets a chance to avenge its only loss of the season on Saturday,when it plays at UCLA.
Duke (25-3) had 1,654 points and moved from fourth to second following winsover Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, the latter on a buzzer-beater by freshmanChris Duhon.
Michigan State (22-3) moved up two spots to third after wins over Indianaand Penn State.
Both North Carolina, which lost to Virginia by 20 points Sunday, andIllinois, which lost to Ohio State by two points Thursday, dropped two spots tofourth and fifth, respectively.
Florida moved up one place to sixth, and was followed in the Top Ten byVirginia, Iowa State, Arizona and Kansas.
Boston College dropped one spot to lead the Second Ten, and was followed byUCLA, Notre Dame, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, St. Joseph's,Syracuse and Alabama.
The last five ranked teams were Georgetown, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Texasand Xavier.
Both Texas (21-7) and Xavier (21-5) returned to the Top 25, replacingTennessee and Providence.
Texas has won four straight, the most recent a 94-78 victory over Iowa Stateon Saturday. The Longhorns were ranked for three weeks earlier in the season,but had been out of the Top 25 for the last four weeks.
Xavier was ranked 24th for one week, then lost to St. Joseph's and was outthe last two weeks. The Musketeers have won three straight.
Tennessee (19-9) fell out from 22nd after a 78-70 victory over Vanderbilt onSaturday snapped a five-game losing streak. The Volunteers, ranked No. 4 sixweeks ago, became the second team ranked in the preseason Top Ten to fall outof the rankings. Seton Hall, ranked 10th in the preseason - one spot behindTennessee - dropped out four weeks ago.
Providence (20-8) was 25th last week - its first ranking since Jan. 24, 1989- but fell out after going 2-1 last week. The Friars beat Virginia Tech andBinghamton by a combined 101 points before losing 59-58 to Boston College onSaturday.
Both Notre Dame and St. Joseph's moved up five places for the week's biggestclimbs, while Alabama's drop from 14th to No. 20 was the biggest drop.