Monday , Dec , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Duke strengthens hold on No. 1

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke remained the top team in the latest
Associated Press college basketball poll and strengthened its grip on the No.
1 spot following its rout of previously No. 2 Texas this past weekend.

Duke (9-0) rolled to a 97-66 victory over the Longhorns at the Meadowlands and
earned 66 first-place votes, 13 more than last week, with a total of 1,793
points from a nationwide media panel.

Texas (8-1) fell four spots to sixth with the defeat.

Connecticut (7-0), Villanova (6-0) and Louisville (5-0) — all Big East
schools — moved up one spot each to occupy second, third and fourth this
week. UConn received five first-place votes and Villanova garnered one.

Memphis moved up two spots to fifth, followed by Texas, Florida, Oklahoma,
Illinois and Gonzaga.

The second 10 consisted of Washington, Michigan State, Boston College, UCLA,
George Washington, Wake Forest, Maryland, Indiana, North Carolina and Nevada.

Boston College plummeted seven spots from sixth to 13th after losing to
Michigan State and Maryland this past week.

North Carolina State, Iowa, Kentucky, Arizona and Houston completed the poll.

Iowa also had a big fall, dropping 10 spots to 22nd after losing to Northern
Iowa and Iowa State. Kentucky also fell from 15th to 23rd after a setback to

Houston, meanwhile, entered the poll for the first time since January of 1993.
The Cougars are 4-1 and already have victories over LSU, when the Tigers were
ranked 25th, and Arizona.

Alabama fell out of the rankings following losses to Notre Dame and Temple
last week.

With exams this week, many top-25 teams have limited schedules and the lone
game involving a pair of ranked teams will take place on Saturday when
Louisville visits Kentucky.