Monday , Jan , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Duke stays at No 1, Florida earns one first-place vote

=== Duke stays at No 1, Florida earns one first-place vote ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke remained the top team in the Associated
Press college basketball poll for the 11th consecutive week but the Blue
Devils were not a unanimous choice for the top spot, as Florida seized one
first-place vote.

Duke (16-0) has been the top team in the country throughout the season, but
lost one first-place vote this week despite solid wins over Maryland and
Clemson. The Blue Devils, who are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in
Division I, earned 71 votes and 1,799 points from a nationwide media panel.

The Gators (16-0), who remained at No. 2 in the polls, picked up the final
first-place vote after defeating Mississippi State and Auburn. Florida, which
began the season unranked, received 1,715 votes.

Connecticut (14-1) and Memphis (15-2) each moved up one spot to third and
fourth, respectively, while Texas jumped three places to crack the top five.
The Longhorns (14-2) moved up to No. 5 after posting a big home win against
Villanova on Saturday.

Gonzaga and Illinois stayed at six and seven, while the Wildcats dropped from
No. 3 in last week’s poll to eighth in the new rankings following a 58-55
setback to Texas. Pittsburgh (14-0), the only other undefeated team in the
country, moved up three places to No. 9 following a big 61-57 win at
Louisville on Sunday, while Washington rounds out the top 10. The Huskies
climbed three spots from 13th in last week’s poll.

The second 10 consists of Michigan State, West Virginia, Indiana, North
Carolina State, Wisconsin, George Washington, the Cardinals, UCLA, Ohio State
and Syracuse. The Orange (15-2) have won 12 straight games and will host UConn
on Monday night.

Boston College, Maryland, Iowa, North Carolina and Oklahoma rounded out the
final five spots in the poll.

Arizona had been 24th in last week’s rankings, but fell out of the new poll
after losing at Oregon State and Oregon. The Wildcats dropped out of the poll
for the second time this year after the team already was removed from the
rankings last month, which ended a streak of 312 straight regular-season
appearances in the poll, dating back to 1987.

Cincinnati joined the rankings last week at No. 25, but fell out after two
losses to the Huskies and Orange.