Duke takes over top spot in men’s poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke took over the top spot in the
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll following a pair of victories
last week, including a triumph over then-No. 4 Wake Forest.
The Blue Devils (14-1) received 45 first-place votes and 1,763 points from the
national media panel. Duke has won 11 straight games since losing to Purdue in
the final of the Great Alaska Shootout.
It marks the seventh consecutive season that the Blue Devils have made an
appearance atop the poll. Duke’s women’s team is also ranked No. 1 this week.
Connecticut (14-2) had been No. 1 for the last five weeks, but fell to fourth
after a setback to then-No.9 North Carolina.
Stanford (14-0) moved up one place to second after earning 24 first-place
votes and 1,733 points. The Cardinal, one of four unbeaten teams left in
Division I, matched their highest ranking since the final poll of the 2000-01
Saint Joseph’s (15-0) advanced three positions to third, the school’s highest
ranking since it was No. 3 on January 18, 1966. The Hawks garnered one first-
place vote and 1,548 points.
Louisville (13-1) jumped three spots to fifth, while Cincinnati (13-0)
advanced four places to sixth. The Bearcats collected two first-place votes.
North Carolina (11-3), Pittsburgh (18-0), Kentucky (11-2) and Wake Forest
(11-2) rounded out the top 10. The Panthers climbed five spots, while the
Demon Deacons fell six places after losses to Duke and Texas.
Georgia Tech was 11th, followed by Kansas, Syracuse, Arizona, Gonzaga, Texas,
Florida, Texas Tech, Mississippi State and Oklahoma. The Sooners plummeted
nine positions after setbacks to Missouri and Oklahoma State.
Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Oklahoma State and South Carolina completed the
poll. Purdue and Oklahoma State returned to the rankings, while South Carolina
is making its first appearance in the top 25 since the final poll of the
Marquette, Creighton and Illinois fell from the rankings.