Men's Basketball AP Top 25 Poll
Jan. 1, 2002
Duke was a unanimous No. 1 choice in the AP college basketball poll for thefifth straight week Monday, while the same 25 teams remained in therankings.
The Blue Devils (11-0), who beat San Diego State 92-79 in their only gamelast week, have been on top of the poll since the preseason voting. And, asit has since early December, Duke got all the No. 1 votes in the nationalmedia balloting.
The defending national champions received 70 first-place votes and 1,750points, 107 more than Kansas (10-1), which was second for the secondstraight week.
The top nine teams stayed the same as last week's poll - Florida, Virginia,Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland and Iowa.
Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 10, the Sooners' highest ranking sincethey also rounded out the Top Ten on Jan. 11, 1993. They reached No. 9 fortwo weeks earlier that season.
Boston College led the Second Ten and was followed by Stanford, Cincinnati,UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan State and Butler.
The last five ranked teams were Miami, Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Georgetown andMarquette.
Missouri (9-3) was the only team in the Top 25 to lose to an unranked teamlast week. The Tigers, who were ranked No. 2 three weeks ago, dropped from10th to No. 17 after losing to DePaul 63-62 Saturday, their thirdconsecutive loss.
The other ranked teams that lost last week - Michigan State, Marquette andGeorgetown - were beaten by fellow Top 25 teams.
Michigan State (9-4) fell from 13th to No. 19 after losing 75-64 to Stanfordin the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif. Marquette (10-2) droppedfrom No. 19 to 25th following a 64-59 loss at Wake Forest. Georgetown (9-3)fell 20th to No. 24 after losing 98-91 at UCLA.
Stanford's move from 16th to No. 12 was the week's biggest jump.
As conference play begins in earnest this week, all five unbeaten Division Iteams are ranked - Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Butler and Miami - andall but two of the Top 25 come from seven leagues.
Butler, of the Horizon League, and Gonzaga, of the West Coast Conference,are the only ranked teams not from those seven conferences.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke, Virginia, Maryland and Wake Forest),the Big 12 (Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Missouri) and the Big East(Boston College, Syracuse, Miami and Georgetown) led the way among theleagues with four ranked teams each.
The only game with two ranked teams this week is Miami at Georgetown onWednesday night.
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll,with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and previous ranking:
Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 32, W. Kentucky 31, Memphis 27,Oregon 24, Notre Dame 23, Mississippi 18, Southern California 18, BYU 17,Connecticut 15, Georgia 13, Ball St. 11, Louisville 11, St. Bonaventure 11,Coll. of Charleston 8, Pittsburgh 8, S. Illinois 8, Bowling Green 7,Mississippi St. 6, Saint Joseph's 5, California 4, Hawaii 3, N.C. State 3,Utah St. 3, Wyoming 3, St. John's 2, Penn 1, Tulsa 1.