Monday , Jan , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA still tops hoops poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – UCLA remained the top team in the latest
Associated Press college basketball poll, as the top 11 teams all held their
positions from last week.

The Bruins (13-0) opened Pac-10 play last week with visits from the Washington
schools and came away with a pair of wins to maintain their unblemished
record. After a narrow 55-52 win over Washington State on Thursday, UCLA
rolled to a 96-74 victory over the then-14th-ranked Washington Huskies.

UCLA earned 71 first-place votes and a total of 1,799 points from a nationwide
media panel.

Once again, North Carolina (12-1) received the only other first-place vote and
kept the No. 2 spot after easy victories over Rutgers and Dayton.

Florida, Wisconsin, Duke, Ohio State, Arizona, Alabama, Kansas and Pittsburgh
completed the top 10 for the second consecutive week.

Texas A&M again started the second 10 and was followed by Oklahoma State,
Butler, LSU, Marquette, Oregon, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Tennessee and Air
Force.

The last five ranked teams were Nevada, Memphis, Clemson, Washington and West
Virginia.

Washington came away from southern California with a pair of losses, also
falling to USC in double-overtime before the setback at UCLA, and dropped 10
spots in the poll.

West Virginia joined the rankings for the first time this season. The
Mountaineers (11-1) have won six in a row and on Saturday handed Connecticut
its first loss of the season with an 81-71 triumph at WVU Coliseum.

The loss dropped UConn six spots from 12th to 18th.

Wichita State was 16th but fell out of the rankings after its third straight
loss — a 63-59 setback to Northern Iowa on Saturday.

Conference play swings into high gear this week and the Pac-10 has a couple of
games featuring ranked teams against each other. On Thursday, Arizona visits
Washington and on Saturday UCLA travels to Oregon in a potential battle of
unbeatens.

Also on Saturday, UConn heads to LSU in a non-conference matchup.