Wake still No. 1 and among seven ACC teams in poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Wake Forest remained the top team in the
latest Associated Press men’s college basketball poll and is one of seven
Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked this week.
Virginia (4-0) moved into the rankings Monday at No. 24 to join conference
members Wake, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland and North Carolina
State in the top-25.
The seven ranked teams in one poll matched a record set twice previously by
the Big Ten and once before by the ACC.
Wake Forest (5-0) won three times last week, capturing the Preseason NIT in
the process, and widened its lead over second-ranked Kansas. The Demon Deacons
received 40 first-place votes, 15 more than last week, and a total of 1,737
points from a nationwide media panel.
Kansas (2-0) earned 18 first-place votes to remain second, while Syracuse
(5-0) moved up from fourth to third and picked up four first-place votes.
Georgia Tech (3-0), which squeezed out a 60-59 win at Illinois-Chicago last
week, garnered seven first-place votes but still fell from third to fourth —
just two points behind the Orange.
Illinois, Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke round
out the top-10. Illinois received one first-place vote and Oklahoma State
picked up two. North Carolina moved up two spots from 11th after capturing the
Maui Invitational following its stunning season-opening loss to Santa Clara.
The second 10 consists of Michigan State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Washington,
Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Louisville, Texas, Florida and Notre
Washington vaulted from 22nd to 14th after winning the Great Alaska Shootout,
while Louisville fell five spots to 17th after its loss to Iowa in Maui.
Arizona, Alabama, Iowa, Virginia and Wisconsin complete the poll.
Iowa (3-1) joined Virginia as new to this week’s poll, thanks in part to its
wins over Louisville and Texas before a loss to North Carolina in the Maui
final. Virginia, meanwhile, gained attention after a 78-60 win over Arizona.
Wisconsin fell five spots to 25th after a 75-61 loss at Pepperdine.
Gonzaga and Memphis dropped out of this week’s poll. Gonzaga, which was ranked
each week last season, lost to Illinois, 89-72, while Memphis dropped an 84-61
decision to Maryland in the Tip-off Classic.
This week’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge will include a number of big games, as Duke
hosts Michigan State and Maryland visits Wisconsin on Tuesday. Two top-five
teams square off Wednesday when Illinois welcomes Wake Forest to Assembly
Another top-10 matchup takes place Saturday at Chapel Hill when Kentucky meets
North Carolina in a battle between storied programs.