2000-2001 Final AP Top 25 Poll

March 12, 2001

Duke was No. 1 in the final Associated Press college basketball poll Monday,the third straight season the Blue Devils finished on top of the rankingsentering the NCAA tournament.

The only other school to finish No. 1 in three straight final polls wasUCLA, which did it from 1971-73.

Victories over Maryland and North Carolina capped a third consecutiveAtlantic Coast Conference tournament title run for Duke (29-4), which is a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season.

The Blue Devils, who moved from third to first, received 45 first-placevotes and 1,701 points from the national media panel. Stanford (28-2), whichhad been a unanimous No. 1 the last two weeks, dropped to second after losingto Arizona last week.

The Cardinal, the only team in Division I with less than four losses, wereNo. 1 on 23 ballots and had 1,674 points.

Michigan State (24-4) and Illinois (24-7), the other No. 1 seeds for theNCAA tournament, were third and fourth in the poll. The Spartans dropped oneplace after losing to Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Tentournament, while Illinois (24-7) held fourth after losing to Indiana one roundlater.

Duke, Michigan State and Stanford were 1-2-3 in last season's final poll. Arizona, which was fourth to end last season, was fifth this year. TheWildcats (23-7) received one first-place vote and improved three spots fromlast week.

North Carolina remained sixth, followed in the Top Ten by Boston College,Florida, Kentucky and Iowa State.

Maryland led the Second Ten for the second straight week and was followed byKansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, UCLA, Virginia, Syracuse, Texas, Notre Dame andIndiana.

The last five ranked teams were Georgetown, St. Joseph's, Wake Forest, Iowaand Wisconsin.

Indiana (21-12) and Iowa (22-11), the finalists in the Big Ten tournament,were the new teams in the final poll. Indiana, which lost the title game, wasranked for the first time this season, while Iowa, which had been strugglingsince guard Luke Recker fractured his kneecap in late January, returned to thepoll after being out the last three weeks.

Ohio State (20-10), which was 24th last week in its first poll appearance ofthe season, were beaten by Iowa in the Big Ten quarterfinals and dropped out.

Fresno State (25-6), which was 25th last week, fell out after losing toHawaii in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

Forty-three teams were ranked during the season, the most since 45 in1997-98, and five off the record of 48 set in 1992-93.

Five teams were ranked No. 1 this season, one off the record set in 1993-94.Stanford was on top for seven weeks, while Duke was there for five, Arizonathree and Michigan State and North Carolina two each.

Twelve teams were ranked from the preseason through the final poll,including Duke, Michigan State and Stanford, all of whom never fell out of theTop Five. Five of the 12 came from the ACC, with Maryland, North Carolina,Virginia and Wake Forest joining Duke.

Eight teams ranked in the preseason Top 25 - Tennessee, Seton Hall, Utah,Connecticut, Arkansas, Cincinnati, DePaul and Southern California - were not inthe final poll.

Indiana became the seventh team this season to make a one-week appearance inthe poll, joining Georgia, Missouri, Providence, Temple, Ohio State and Dayton.

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 final college basketballpoll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 11, totalpoints based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                        Record  Pts Pvs 1. Duke (45)             29-4  1,701  3 2. Stanford (23)         28-2  1,674  1 3. Michigan St.          24-4  1,537  2 4. Illinois              24-7  1,450  4 5. Arizona (1)           23-7  1,439  8 6. North Carolina        25-6  1,357  6 7. Boston College        26-4  1,264 10 8. Florida               23-6  1,236  5 9. Kentucky              22-9  1,133 1510. Iowa St.              25-5  1,113  711. Maryland              21-10 1,065 1112. Kansas                24-6    903  913. Oklahoma              26-6    885 1614. Mississippi           25-7    853 1415. UCLA                  21-8    753 1316. Virginia              20-8    706 1217. Syracuse              24-8    605 1718. Texas                 25-8    547 2019. Notre Dame            19-9    305 1920. Indiana               21-12   282  -21. Georgetown            23-7    263 1822. St. Joseph's          25-6    206 2123. Wake Forest           19-10   178 2224. Iowa                  22-11   163  -25. Wisconsin             18-10   145 23

Others receiving votes: Ohio St. 116, Cincinnati 62, Arkansas 61, Gonzaga59, Fresno St. 51, Tennessee 44, Georgia St. 43, Providence 43, Alabama 37,USC 21, Creighton 18, Charlotte 16, Hofstra 15, Georgia Tech 12,Temple 11, Penn St. 8, W. Kentucky 8, BYU 6, Oklahoma St. 6, Utah St. 6, Butler3, S. Utah 3, Seton Hall 3, Xavier 3, California 2, Hawaii 1, Holy Cross 1,Kent St. 1, Richmond 1, Southern Miss. 1.

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