Duke still No. 1 in college hoops poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke remained the top team in the latest
Associated Press college basketball poll, while the next four teams also kept
their places following the Thanksgiving weekend.
Duke (5-0) received 61 first-place votes, four fewer than last week, and a
total of 1,785 points from a nationwide media panel after capturing the NIT
Season Tip-off crown last week.
Texas (5-0), which took the Guardians Classic last week, earned six first-
place votes and 1,696 points to keep the second spot in the poll.
Connecticut (4-0) won the Maui Invitational last week against a very strong
field and picked up four first-place votes to remain third. Before the triumph
in Hawaii, the Huskies did not receive any first-place votes.
Villanova (2-0) kept the fourth spot and garnered one first-place tally, while
Oklahoma (3-0) remained fifth. The Wildcats and Sooners will meet Saturday in
Gonzaga, which lost in the championship game of the Maui Invitational to
Connecticut, moved up two spots to sixth and was followed by Louisville,
Boston College, Memphis and Kentucky.
The second 10 consisted of Florida, Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Arizona,
UCLA, Indiana, Washington, George Washington and Nevada.
Alabama, Wake Forest, Maryland, North Carolina State and LSU rounded out the
NC State and LSU moved into the rankings, replacing Syracuse and West
Syracuse fell from 17th to first in others receiving votes after a surprising
home loss to giant-killer Bucknell. West Virginia has lost three in a row —
falling to Texas and Kentucky in the Guardians Classic before a loss to LSU.
After a week of ranked teams facing each other in tournaments, this week’s
schedule features the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Top-ranked Duke will visit No. 17 Indiana as part of the event on Wednesday,
while No. 14 Iowa and 24th-ranked NC State will square off in Iowa City.
On Sunday, sixth-ranked Gonzaga will travel across the state to meet No. 18