No change at the top: Duke still No. 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) – There were virtually no changes in the
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, as No. 1 Duke opened its
season Monday night.
The Blue Devils, with preseason All-Americans J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams
scoring 19 and 17 points, respectively, started slow in its 2005-06 opener,
but eventually took command in the second half to defeat Boston University
64-47 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the first round of the preseason NIT.
Duke received 62 first-place votes an 1,788 points from a national media
Texas remained No. 2 with six first-place tallies and 1,661 points. Third
ranked Connecticut and No. 4 Michigan State both begin its seasons this week
before heading to the Maui Invitational, where they could meet in the finals.
Michigan State had three first-place votes.
Villanova garnered one first-place vote and remained fifth, followed by
Oklahoma and Louisville.
Kentucky and Gonzaga traded spaces, with the Wildcats getting their season
started at home in the Guardians Classic. They held off a pesky Lipscomb squad
67-49 on Monday night to advance to Kansas City for the semifinals next
Monday. The Zags start their 2005-06 campaign Friday night versus Idaho.
Arizona rounded out the top 10, followed by Boston College, Memphis, Stanford,
West Virginia and Alabama.
Syracuse came in at No. 16 and will head to Madison Square Garden for the
semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic where they will take on Texas
Illinois, UCLA, Wake Forest and Iowa completed the top 20, with the Bruins and
Demon Deacons switching spots. The Hawkeyes opened their season with a
convincing 86-41 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in the opening round of
the Guardians Classic Monday night.
George Washington, Nevada, Indiana, Maryland and Iowa State capped the top 25,
as no new teams entered the poll.