Monday , Dec , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA, Pitt, UNC maintain top three spots in hoops poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – UCLA, Pittsburgh and North Carolina remained
the top three teams in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.

UCLA (8-0) received 58 first-place votes, three more than last week, and a
total of 1,786 points from a nationwide media panel. The Bruins had their
first tough test this past weekend and survived with a 65-62 victory over
then-No. 6 Texas A&M.

Pittsburgh (10-0) nearly suffered its first loss this past Saturday, needing a
late rally to notch a 70-67 road win over Buffalo. The Panthers garnered 11
first-place votes and 1,707 points.

North Carolina (7-1) had no such troubles this weekend, rolling to a 94-69 win
over High Point. The Tar Heels picked up one first-place vote.

Two first-place votes went to Ohio State, which moved up a spot to fourth and
was followed by Florida, Duke, Wisconsin, Wichita State, Alabama and Arizona.

Wisconsin vaulted four spots to seventh thanks to a 70-66 victory over state
rival Marquette, while Alabama dropped five places to ninth after last week’s
99-85 setback at Notre Dame.

The second 10 consisted of Kansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Connecticut, Oklahoma
State, Gonzaga, Washington, Butler, Memphis and Marquette.

LSU dropped three spots to 12th after an overtime loss to Texas on Sunday,
while A&M lost twice last week and fell seven spots to 13th. Oklahoma State
notched a 72-68 win over Syracuse last week, helping the Cowboys move up seven
spots to 15th.

The final five teams ranked this week were Notre Dame, Oregon, Syracuse, Air
Force and Nevada.

Notre Dame (7-1), Oregon (7-0) and Air Force (10-1) joined the poll for the
first time this season. Notre Dame’s only loss came in its second game of the
season against Butler, while Air Force suffered its lone loss against Duke.

The last three ranked teams from last week — Maryland, Xavier and Georgia
Tech — all lost last week and fell out of the poll.

With many schools taking final exams this week, the limited schedule features
only a scant few notable matchups and the only contest involving two ranked
teams features Pittsburgh at Wisconsin on Saturday.