Illinois and Kansas remain 1-2 for seventh straight week
=== Illinois and Kansas remain 1-2 for seventh straight week ===
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Illinois and Kansas remained the top two teams
in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the seventh straight
week, the longest such run in six years.
The Fighting Illini (18-0) posted wins over Penn State and Northwestern last
week for their best start in team history. Illinois received 58 first-place
votes and 1,759 points from the national media panel.
Kansas (13-0), meanwhile, also kept its unblemished record by beating Iowa
State and Colorado to hold second-place for the ninth straight week. The
Jayhawks, who were No. 1 in the preseason and first polls of the season,
earned 13 first-place votes and 1,710 points.
The last time two schools were 1-2 this long was when Duke and Connecticut did
it for eight weeks of the 1998-99 campaign.
Wake Forest (15-1), Duke (13-0) and Oklahoma State (13-1) all moved up a spot
to third through fifth, respectively, while North Carolina dropped to sixth
thanks to a 95-82 loss to the Demon Deacons on Saturday.
Syracuse (17-1) held onto the seventh spot, while Kentucky (12-2) moved up a
spot to eighth.
Boston College (14-0) continued to climb in the rankings and moved four spots
to No. 9 – its highest raking since finishing seventh in the final poll of the
2000-01 season. The Eagles, who along with Illinois, Kansas and Duke are the
only unbeatens in Division I, had entered the rankings at 25 just two weeks
ago before jumping to 13 last week.
Washington (15-2) jumped four spots to round out the top-10.
Gonzaga moved five places to 11th, while Georgia Tech, which lost to North
Carolina and North Carolina State this past week, dropped from eighth to 12th.
Arizona moved four spots to No. 13 and was followed by Louisville, Texas,
Connecticut, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Cincinnati. The
Sooners were the big movers of the week, as they jumped seven spots from No.
Concluding the top-25 were Pittsburgh, Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin and Marquette.
Wisconsin was the lone newcomer this week, as it entered the rankings on the
heels of a dramatic win over Michigan State. The Badgers scored the final 11
points of that contest to run their home winning streak to 38 games — the
longest streak in the country.
George Washington fell from the rankings thanks in part to an overtime loss at
home to Massachusetts on Saturday. The Colonials had been ranked for six
With Wisconsin moving back into the rankings, the Big Ten now has four ranked
teams, tying it for the most with the Big 12, the Atlantic Coast Conference
and Big East. The SOutheastern Conference and Conference USA each have three
teams in the top-25.