UCLA Falls One Spot In Latest AP Poll

March 5, 2001

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

For the second straight week and third time this season, Stanford was aunanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Cardinal (27-1), who avenged their only loss of the season lastweekendwith a victory at UCLA, received all 70 first-place votes and 1,750 pointsfromthe national media panel Monday.

This is the third consecutive week Stanford has been atop the rankingsandthe seventh time this season. Its first appearance at No. 1 this season, onJan. 8, was a unanimous selection.

Stanford, the only Division I team with less than three losses,clinched atleast a share of the Pac-10 title with the 85-79 win over UCLA. The Cardinalclose their regular season this week with home games against Arizona andArizona State.

Michigan State (24-3) moved up one place to second in the next-to-lastpollof the season after beating Wisconsin and Michigan last week to earn a shareofthe Big Ten regular-season title.

Duke (26-4), which beat North Carolina on Sunday to share the AtlanticCoastConference regular-season title, dropped from second to third. The BlueDevilslost to Maryland earlier in the week.

Illinois, the co-champion of the Big Ten with Michigan State afterbeatingMinnesota on Sunday, moved from fifth to fourth. Florida, which beatKentuckyon Sunday to earn a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-seasonchampionship, also moved up one place and was fifth.

North Carolina dropped two spots to sixth and was followed in the TopTen byIowa State, Arizona, Kansas and Boston College.

Maryland, which followed its 91-80 win over Duke with a 102-67 victoryoverthen-No. 7 Virginia, made the week's biggest jump, from 16th to No. 11.Virginia dropped five spots to 12th and was followed in the Second Ten byUCLA,Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Texas.

The last five ranked teams were St. Joseph's, Wake Forest, Wisconsin,OhioState and Fresno State.

The appearance is the first of the season for Ohio State (20-9), whichhaswon seven of eight, including a victory over Illinois. The Buckeyes wererankedall last season, getting as high as No. 4 and finishing eighth in the finalpoll.

Fresno State (24-5) returned to the Top 25 after being out the last twoweeks. The Bulldogs, who won the Western Athletic Conference regular-seasontitle, have won four straight after losing consecutive road games to TexasChristian and Texas-El Paso.

Alabama (20-9) fell out from 20th after losses last week to ArkansasandMississippi extended their losing streak to four games. The Crimson Tide hadbeen ranked in every poll since the fourth one of the regular season,gettingas high as 15th.

Xavier (21-6) re-entered the poll last week for the second time thisseason,but the Musketeers dropped out from 25th after losing 65-62 at Dayton onSunday.

Notre Dame, the Big East West Division champion, had the week's biggestdrop, falling from 13th to No. 19 after closing the regular season withlossesto Connecticut and Georgetown.

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 March 4, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and previous ranking:

                        Record     Pts  Pvs 1. Stanford (70)         27-1   1,750    1 2. Michigan St.          24-3   1,648    3 3. Duke                  26-4   1,609    2 4. Illinois              23-6   1,486    5 5. Florida               22-5   1,469    6 6. North Carolina        23-5   1,404    4 7. Iowa St.              25-4   1,318    8 8. Arizona               21-7   1,279    9 9. Kansas                23-5   1,143   1010. Boston College        23-4   1,119   1111. Maryland              20-9     993   1612. Virginia              20-7     961    713. UCLA                  20-7     878   1214. Mississippi           23-6     734   1415. Kentucky              19-9     696   1516. Oklahoma              23-6     684   1717. Syracuse              22-7     594   1918. Georgetown            23-6     508   2119. Notre Dame            19-8     431   1320. Texas                 23-7     391   2421. St. Joseph's          24-5     287   1822. Wake Forest           19-9     274   2323. Wisconsin             18-9     212   2224. Ohio St.              20-9     158    -25. Fresno St.            24-5     114    -

Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee 101, Providence 95, Alabama 89,Arkansas63, Cincinnati 53, Gonzaga 40, Indiana 35, Georgia St. 31, UC Irvine 23,Creighton 22, Xavier 20, Hofstra 12, W. Kentucky 10, California 4, SouthernCal3, St. John's 3, Richmond 2, S. Utah 2, BYU 1, Southern Miss. 1.

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