Duke is a unanimous No. 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke remained the top team in the Associated
Press college basketball poll for the 10th consecutive week, but this time the
Blue Devils are a unanimous top choice.
Duke (14-0) received all 72 first-place votes and a total of 1,800 points from
a nationwide media panel. The Blue Devils beat Bucknell and Wake Forest last
Many of the highly-regarded teams lost last week with the start of conference
play in most leagues and a major shakeup in the rankings ensued, leaving
Kentucky and Wake Forest out of this week’s poll.
Florida (14-0) is one of three unbeatens remaining in Division I and took
advantage of losses by Connecticut and Villanova to vault to the No. 2
Villanova, despite its loss to West Virginia on Sunday, remained third, while
Connecticut fell from second to fourth. The Huskies lost at Marquette last
week, then squeezed past LSU at home on Saturday.
Memphis, which lost to Texas, fell one spot to fifth and was followed by
Gonzaga, Illinois, Texas, Indiana and Louisville. Texas and Indiana each rose
seven spots in this week’s poll.
The second 10 consists of UCLA, Pittsburgh, Washington, Michigan State, West
Virginia, Boston College, George Washington, North Carolina, Ohio State and
North Carolina State. Pittsburgh is the other remaining unbeaten team.
Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Maryland, Arizona and Cincinnati rounded out the poll.
After wins over Iowa and Michigan State, Wisconsin moved back into the
rankings, while Cincinnati has won 10 straight to make its debut in this
Kentucky was 19th last week, but fell out of the poll after a two-point win
over Central Florida was followed by a 73-46 loss at Kansas. The Wildcats had
been ranked for 88 straight polls dating back to February 2001.
Wake Forest had been 23rd last week and suffered an 82-64 home loss to Duke on