Monday , Dec , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA remains on top in hoops poll; Wisconsin vaults to No. 4

New York, NY (Sports Network) – UCLA remained on top for the fourth
consecutive week in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Bruins, who dominated Oakland-Michigan in their only game last week,
received 68 first-place votes and 1,796 points from a nationwide media panel.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin achieved their highest ranking ever after besting
intrastate rival Marquette and toppling then-No. 2 Pittsburgh.

The two wins — along with a victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee — helped the
Badgers (11-1) jump from seventh to No. 4. Wisconsin’s previous best ranking
came in 1962, when the Badgers were sixth.

North Carolina and Ohio State each moved up one spot to second and third.
The Tar Heels (8-1) crushed North Carolina-Asheville, 93-62, in their only
game last week and received one first-place vote and 1,710 points.

Ohio State (9-1), walloped Cincinnati, 72-50, last week, and received the
other three first-place votes.

Florida and Duke also moved up one place each to fifth and sixth, while
Pittsburgh fell five spots following its loss to the Badgers. Wichita State,
Alabama and Arizona rounded out the Top Ten.

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

The final five were Oregon, Gonzaga, Air Force, Syracuse and Nevada.

Gonzaga (9-3), which dropped a 96-83 decision at Georgia on Saturday, suffered
the week’s biggest drop, falling from No. 16 to 22nd.

This week’s upcoming schedule features five matchups between ranked teams. On
Wednesday, Memphis visits Arizona and Washington welcomes LSU. On Thursday,
Duke battles Gonzaga in New York at Madison Square Garden and Pittsburgh heads
south to face Oklahoma State. Then, freshman sensation Greg Oden and Ohio
State travel to face the defending national champions, Florida, on Saturday.