Monday , Feb , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Duke reclaims top ranking, Villanova second in latest AP poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke took over the top spot while previous
No. 1 Connecticut dropped two places in the latest Associated Press top 25
poll released Monday.

The Blue Devils (25-1) received 64 first-place votes and finished with 1,789
points to reclaim the No. 1 ranking they gave up four weeks ago to

Duke spent the season’s first 11 weeks at No. 1 before losing at Georgetown on
January 21. The Blue Devils have won eight straight since that defeat.

Villanova (21-2) moved into second — its highest ranking ever — after
defeating UConn 69-64 last Monday. The Wildcats garnered three first-place
votes and 1,700 points. Connecticut (23-2) received four first-place votes and
1,655 points.

Memphis (24-2) earned one first-place vote but fell one spot to four and
Gonzaga rounded out the top five.

George Washington (22-1) moved up one spot to No. 6, while Texas fell a
place to seven following its loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday. Illinois moved
six spots into the eighth position, while Pittsburgh and Tennessee filled out
the top 10.

The next five spots are occupied by Boston College, Florida, Ohio State, West
Virginia and North Carolina State. The Wolfpack jumped up six spots this week,
going from 21st to No. 15.

Kansas, Washington, Michigan State, UCLA and Iowa came in at 16-20, followed
by North Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgetown and LSU.

The Jayhawks, who are riding a nine-game win streak, keep soaring up the poll,
as Kansas moved from 22nd to No. 16. UCLA fell from No. 15 to 19th after a
pair of conference losses to Washington and USC.

Bucknell entered the poll last week for the first time ever at No. 24, but a
65-61 double-overtime loss at Northern Iowa dropped the Bison out of
the rankings. The win put the Panthers back into the poll at No. 25, where
Northern Iowa is tied with newcomer Nevada for the final spot. Both schools
received 76 total points.