Monday , Feb , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Duke remains on top, Connecticut second in latest AP poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Duke remained in the top spot while
Connecticut jumped up one place to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press top
25 poll released Monday.

The Blue Devils (27-1) received 65 first-place votes and finished with 1,791
points to remain in the top spot for a second consecutive week. Duke bested
Georgia Tech and Temple last week and guard J.J. Redick became the Atlantic
Coast Conference’s all-time leading scorer against Temple.

Duke also spent the season’s first 11 weeks at No. 1 before losing at
Georgetown on January 21.

Connecticut (25-2), which bested Notre Dame and Big East rival Villanova last
week, earned six first-place votes and had a total of 1,725 points.

Memphis (26-2) moved into third — its highest ranking of the season — after
extending its winning streak to 15 games with victories over Texas-El Paso and
Tulsa last week. The Tigers received the only other first-place vote.

Villanova (22-3) fell two spots to four and Gonzaga (24-3) rounded out the top

Texas (24-4) moved up one spot to No. 6, while George Washington fell a place
to seven despite a perfect week. Pittsburgh moved up a notch to finish eighth
while Ohio State and Illinois rounded out the top 10.

Ohio State reached the top 10 for the first time since the final poll of the
1999-2000 season, when the Buckeyes finished eighth.

The next five spots belong to Tennessee, Boston College, North Carolina,
Washington and UCLA. The Tar Heels jumped up eight spots this week, going from
21st to No. 13 (their highest ranking of the season).

West Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma and Georgetown came in at 16-20,
followed by Louisiana State, North Carolina State, Iowa, Nevada and Michigan

North Carolina State, which lost to intrastate rival North Carolina and Boston
College last week, along with Michigan State, which lost to Ohio State and
Indiana, shared the week’s biggest drop. Each school fell seven places.

Northern Iowa fell from the rankings after being tied for the 25th spot last
week. The Panthers have lost four of their past five outings.