Demon Deacons grab top spot in AP basketball poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Wake Forest took over the top spot in the
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while Kansas dropped to second
despite not losing.
The Demon Deacons (2-0) garnered 25 first-place votes and 1,658 points from
the national media panel. Kansas (1-0) earned 26 No. 1 votes and 1,637 points.
Last week, the Jayhawks led Wake Forest 26-23 in first-place votes and had 18
more points than the Demon Deacons.
Kansas won its only game of the season, but trailed most of the way before
defeating Vermont by seven points. Wake Forest opened with Preseason NIT home
wins over George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth.
It marks the first time that Wake Forest is No. 1. The Demon Deacons were
ranked second for 10 weeks in 1996-97, Tim Duncan’s senior season, and two
weeks this season. The 12 weeks overall at No. 2 were the third-most for a
school never ranked No. 1.
Wake Forest is the sixth ACC school to be rated No. 1, joining Duke, North
Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech (1-0) remained third with 11 first-place votes and 1,585 points,
while Syracuse (4-0) moved up a spot to fourth and received four No. 1 votes.
The Orange defeated Mississippi State and Memphis en route to capturing the
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Illinois (2-0), Oklahoma State (1-0), Connecticut (1-0) and Kentucky (1-0)
each advanced a position to fifth through eighth, respectively. The Cowboys
got two first-place votes, while the Fighting Illini and Wildcats each earned
Duke (1-0) jumped from 11th to ninth, while Michigan State (1-0) moved up
three spots to 10th.
North Carolina was 11th, followed by Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State,
Texas, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Arizona, Alabama and Wisconsin.
North Carolina dropped seven places after losing to Santa Clara, while Arizona
plummeted eight positions after a setback against Virginia.
Completing the top-25 were Notre Dame, Washington, Florida, Gonzaga and