Monday , Jan , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Duke remains No. 1 in men’s poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke remained the No. 1 team in the
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while Stanford and Saint
Joseph’s stayed unbeaten.

The Blue Devils (16-1), who posted road wins against Maryland and Georgetown
last week, received 44 first-place votes and 1,766 points from the national
media panel.

Stanford (16-0) and Saint Joseph’s (17-0) kept spots two and three,
respectively, in the poll, as the two schools remained the lone unbeatens in
Division I. The Cardinal, who defeated UCLA and Southern California last week,
earned 26 first-place votes and 1,743 points, while the Hawks garnered two No.
1 votes and 1,640 points after wins versus Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure.

Louisville (15-1) advanced one position to fourth, while Kentucky (13-2)
jumped four spots to fifth. The Cardinals extended their winning streak to 15
games with a win over Tennessee on Sunday, while the Wildcats recorded
triumphs over Tennessee and Notre Dame.

Connecticut (15-3), which held the No. 1 spot for five weeks before Duke took
over, fell two positions to sixth following Saturday’s loss to Providence.
Pittsburgh (19-1), Cincinnati (14-1), Arizona (13-3) and Gonzaga (15-2)
rounded out the top 10. The Wildcats and Bulldogs each moved up five places.

It marks the first top 10 ranking for Gonzaga since the Bulldogs were sixth in
the final poll of the 2001-02 campaign.

Mississippi State leaped from 19th to No. 11 thanks to wins over Florida and
Georgia last week. North Carolina, which lost to Florida State and beat
Virginia, dropped from seventh to 12th and was followed by Texas Tech, Georgia
Tech, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Syracuse.

Wake Forest plummeted nine spots to 19th after its losing streak reached four
games with losses to Georgia Tech and Florida State last week. The Demon
Deacons were ranked fourth before the skid. Meanwhile, Syracuse fell seven
spots to 20th after suffering setbacks to Seton Hall and Pittsburgh.

Purdue, Florida, Providence, South Carolina and Oklahoma completed the poll.
Providence, the week’s only newcomer, has reeled off five consecutive wins,
including a 66-56 victory at Connecticut on Saturday.

Vanderbilt fell from the rankings, ending a five-week run in the poll.