Monday , Dec , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Illinois remains No. 1; Cincinnati moves into poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Illinois remained the top team in the latest
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while Cincinnati moved into
the rankings for the first time this season.

Illinois (9-0) recorded easy wins over Chicago State, Georgetown and Oregon
last week to retain the top spot for the second straight week. The Fighting
Illini had never before kept the No. 1 ranking for more than a week.

Cincinnati (6-0), meanwhile, joined the rankings at No. 25, and is the only
new team this week.

The nationwide media panel gave Illinois 35 first-place votes, 10 more than
last week, and a total of 1,748 points.

Kansas (6-0) remained second in the poll despite losing one first-place vote.
The Jayhawks, who beat TCU and Louisiana-Lafayette last week, received 22 top
tallies and 1,709 points.

Georgia Tech (6-0) earned 12 first-place votes for the second straight week to
stay third in the rankings, while Oklahoma State (7-0) moved up from fifth to
fourth. The Cowboys beat Syracuse last week in the Jimmy V Classic and picked
up the other three first-place votes.

North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Syracuse, Kentucky and Pittsburgh completed
the top 10. The Tar Heels vaulted three places from eighth, while Syracuse
fell from fourth to eighth after its 74-60 setback to Oklahoma State at
Madison Square Garden.

Connecticut started the second 10, dropping from seventh to 11th after a 61-59
loss at Massachusetts last week, and is followed by North Carolina State,
Louisville, Texas, Arizona, Iowa, Alabama, Washington, George Washington and
Mississippi State.

Michigan State, Gonzaga, Maryland, Virginia and Cincinnati round out the poll.

Wisconsin was No. 24 last week, but a 63-54 loss at Marquette on Saturday
knocked the Badgers out.

A limited schedule of college games this week because of exams features only a
handful of top-25 teams facing each other.

On Saturday, Kentucky and Louisville meet at Freedom Hall, Texas visits Wake
Forest and Georgia Tech squares off with Gonzaga in Las Vegas.