Monday , Jan , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Connecticut tops men’s poll for fifth straight week

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Connecticut remained the No. 1 team in the
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the fifth straight week.

The Huskies kept the top spot after crushing then-No. 6 Oklahoma, 86-59,
on Sunday. Connecticut (13-1) received 52 first-place votes and 1,767 points
from the national media panel.

Duke (12-1) stayed at No. 2 for a third consecutive week. The Blue Devils
earned four first-place votes and 1,689 points.

Stanford (13-0) and Wake Forest (11-0) each moved up a spot to third and
fourth, respectively. The Cardinal, who posted a victory over then-No. 3
Arizona on Saturday, garnered 11 first-place votes, while the Demon Deacons
collected five.

Kentucky (10-1) advanced two positions to fifth and was followed by Saint
Joseph’s (13-0), Arizona (10-2), Louisville (11-1), North Carolina (10-2) and
Cincinnati (11-0). The Hawks and Tar Heels each jumped three spots, while the
Wildcats fell four places.

Oklahoma plummeted five positions to 11th after the loss to Connecticut, while
Georgia Tech dropped four spots to 12th following a setback against North
Carolina on Sunday.

Pittsburgh was 13th, trailed by Kansas, Florida, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas,
Wisconsin and Mississippi State.

Marquette, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Creighton and Illinois completed the poll.
The Red Raiders enter the poll on a nine-game winning streak. The Bluejays
were the other newcomer to the rankings. They were in the top 25 for the final
15 weeks last season.

Purdue and Providence dropped out of the poll.

There are six matchups of ranked teams this week, including a battle between
Connecticut and North Carolina. Other key games include Kentucky at
Mississippi State, Wake Forest at Texas, Cincinnati at Marquette, Wake Forest
at Duke and Florida at Vanderbilt.