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 position 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 setback snapped the Blue Devils’ 18-game winning streak
as well as 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 Monday
and fell one place to fifth. The Panthers rebounded 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.

Texas remained No. 11 for the third straight week and was trailed by
Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Arizona, Wake Forest, North Carolina,
Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Providence and Southern Illinois. The Wolfpack made
the week’s biggest leap, from 21st to 13th.

Kansas, Texas Tech, Memphis, LSU and South Carolina completed the poll. The
Jayhawks, who lost to Oklahoma State and Nebraska last week, plummeted from
12th to 21st.

Memphis and LSU joined the rankings, replacing Florida and Utah State. It is
the first time that the Gators, who were briefly No. 1 in December, have been
out of the top 25 since February 8, 1999, a span of 94 polls.