Oregon Returns To AP Top 25 After Impressive Homestand
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
Duke is No. 2 at being No. 1.
The Blue Devils were the top-ranked team in The AP collegebasketball pollMonday, their 12th week this season leading the Top 25 and the 88th time inschool history they have been No. 1.
Only UCLA, with 128 weeks, has spent more time on top of therankings, whichbegan in January 1949.
Duke (20-1), which beat rival North Carolina and Clemson last week,receivedall 71 first-place votes from the national media panel - its third straightweek and eighth overall this season as a unanimous pick - to break a tiewithKentucky for the second-most weeks at No. 1.
|AP Men's Top Twenty Five
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll,with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and previous ranking:
Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 264, Memphis 188, Connecticut 185,Indiana 125, Utah 102, Xavier 75, Hawaii 38, W. Kentucky 31, Mississippi 16,Butler 14, Pepperdine 13, N.C. State 8, California 4, Minnesota 4, NotreDame3, S. Illinois 2, Kent St. 1, Tulsa 1.
The Blue Devils started the season fourth on the list with 76 weekson top.In December, they passed North Carolina, which has 81.
Kansas (19-2), which beat Missouri and Colorado last week, andMaryland(18-3), which defeated Virginia and North Carolina State, were second andthirdfor the third straight week.
Otherwise, there was quite a shake-up in the Top 25 - 21 teamsshiftedplaces after 15 ranked teams lost a total of 20 games during the past week.Itwas the fifth straight week at least 14 ranked teams lost.
New No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Alabama each moved up two spots, whileCincinnati, which had its 20-game winning streak snapped Saturday byMarquette,dropped from fourth to No. 6.
Kentucky, Florida, Gonzaga and Virginia rounded out the Top Ten.
It's the first Top Ten appearance in school history for Gonzaga(20-3),while Virginia (14-5) only fell two places despite losing to Maryland andMissouri.
Arizona beat California and Stanford to jump from 19th to 11th, andwasfollowed by Miami, Oregon, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia,Marquette, Wake Forest and Stanford.
The last five ranked teams were Illinois, Missouri, Syracuse, TexasTech andSouthern California.
Oregon and Marquette both returned to the rankings.
The Ducks (17-5), who beat UCLA and Southern California, moved in atNo. 13after being out for one week. Oregon had been ranked for two weeks beforelosing to Washington and falling out.
Marquette (19-3) had been ranked for six weeks, reaching as high asNo. 14,before falling out when it lost three of four games. But the victory overCincinnati moved the Golden Eagles in at No. 18 after not being ranked forfourweeks.
Two Big East teams - Connecticut and Pittsburgh - fell out of theTop 25.
The Huskies (14-5) lost to Rutgers and Miami, dropping out from No.17 aftertwo weeks in the rankings.
Pittsburgh (19-4) lost to Notre Dame and beat Villanova, but thePanthersdropped out from 21st just one week after returning to the poll.
Oklahoma State, Illinois and Syracuse joined Virginia andConnecticut asranked teams losing two games last week.
Illinois, which fell to Ohio State and Michigan State, and Syracuse,whichlost to Georgetown and Rutgers, both had the week's biggest drops, fallingninespots to 21st and 23rd, respectively.
The week's biggest climb was Ohio State's move from No. 25 to 16thafterbeating Illinois and Northwestern.