Monday , Feb , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Stanford takes over top spot in men’s poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stanford took over the top spot in the
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while Saint Joseph’s moved up
a spot to second. The Cardinal and Hawks are the only undefeated teams in
Division I.

Stanford (21-0) received 64 first-place votes and 1,791 points from the
national media panel. It marks the third season in which the Cardinal have
reached No. 1. Stanford was top-ranked for five weeks in 1999-00 and seven
weeks in 2000-01.

Saint Joseph’s (22-0) is second for the first time since the 1965-66 campaign.
The Hawks earned the final eight first-place votes and 1,721 points, as they
matched the highest ranking in school history.

Duke (21-2) dropped from first to third after a loss to North Carolina State
on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Blue Devils’ 18-game winning streak and
their four-week stay at No. 1.

Mississippi State (21-1) advanced two positions to fourth, matching the
highest ranking for the Bulldogs since the final poll of the 1961-62 season.
Pittsburgh (23-2) suffered a double-overtime loss to Seton Hall last week and
fell one place to fifth. The Panthers rebounded from the loss by beating then
No. 5 Connecticut on Sunday in a showdown for first place in the Big East
Conference.

Gonzaga advanced from seventh to sixth, equaling its highest ranking ever. The
Bulldogs were No. 6 for the final two polls of 2001-02. Oklahoma State climbed
three spots to No. 7 and was followed by Connecticut, Kentucky and Louisville.