Monday , Jan , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UConn supplants Duke atop men’s hoops poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Connecticut has moved to the top of the latest
Associated Press men’s college basketball poll following a Saturday that saw
the remaining three undefeated Division I teams fall.

Duke and Florida were 1-2, respectively, in last week’s poll, but each lost
this past Saturday, as did fellow unbeaten Pittsburgh.

Connecticut, though, had strong wins last week at Syracuse and Louisville,
helping the Huskies vault from third to the top spot this week. UConn (16-1)
earned 64 first-place votes and a total of 1,790 points from a nationwide
media panel.

Duke (17-1) didn’t fall far, dropping only to second after an 87-84 road loss
to Georgetown. The Blue Devils, who had held the top spot all season, still
received seven first-place votes and 1,711 points. Florida (17-1) fell to
fifth after its 80-76 loss at Tennessee.

The wins by Georgetown and Tennessee helped each team earn a ranking this
week. The Hoyas (12-4) entered the poll at No. 21, while the Volunteers (12-3)
are in at No. 19. It’s the second appearance for Tennessee this season.

Memphis is third this week, followed by Texas, Florida, Villanova, Gonzaga,
Illinois, West Virginia and Washington. Villanova received one first-place

The second 10 consists of Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Indiana, George
Washington, North Carolina State, Ohio State, UCLA, Maryland, Tennessee and
Boston College. Pittsburgh fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday
with a 55-50 loss at St. John’s and dropped three places from ninth last week.

Georgetown, Louisville, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Syracuse completed this week’s
rankings. Louisville, which has lost three in a row, and Syracuse, which has
dropped two straight, remained in the poll despite each falling five places.
Wisconsin dropped from 15th to 23rd after a stunning 62-55 home loss to North
Dakota State.

Falling out of the rankings were North Carolina and Iowa. North Carolina had
been 24th and lost two straight before a narrow 81-80 win at Florida State on
Sunday. Iowa was 23rd and suffered an 85-55 loss at Michigan State on

The Big East now has seven teams ranked, while the Big Ten has five and the
ACC four.