Florida remains atop hoops poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Florida remained at the top of the Associated
Press men’s college basketball poll, marking the first time in four weeks a
team has kept the number one ranking.
Last week, the Gators became the third different No. 1 team in as many weeks,
but the defending champs only had to play once and survived a late scare on
Saturday to pull out a 79-70 win over Ole Miss.
Florida (17-2) received 42 first-place votes, one fewer than last week, and a
total of 1,759 points from a nationwide media panel.
Wisconsin (19-1) remained second and picked up an additional first-place vote
with 22 this week. The Badgers beat Purdue and Illinois last week.
UCLA (17-1) won at Arizona State and Arizona last week to keep the third slot.
The Bruins earned six first-place votes, one fewer than last week.
North Carolina (17-2) received an additional top tally and has two this week,
to stay fourth after knocking off Clemson and Georgia Tech.
With Kansas and Pittsburgh losing over the weekend, Ohio State moved up two
spots to fifth and was followed by Texas A&M, Oregon, Kansas, Pittsburgh and
Duke. The Blue Devils moved up four spots from 14th into the top 10.
The second 10 consisted of Memphis, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Butler,
Marquette, Air Force, Arizona, Nevada, Clemson and Washington State.
Memphis moved up six spots from 17th, while Marquette’s wins at Louisville and
Pittsburgh vaulted the Golden Eagles nine places from 24th. Arizona had the
biggest fall in the poll, dropping six spots after losses last week to
Southern California and UCLA. The Wildcats have lost three in a row.
Washington State moved back into the rankings after a one-week absence, as the
Cougars followed a loss at Stanford two Saturdays ago with a 75-47 drubbing of
Washington this past Saturday.
LSU, Notre Dame, Indiana, Virginia Tech and Southern California were the last
five teams ranked this week.
Indiana and Southern California joined the poll for the first time this
season. The Hoosiers, in their first year under head coach Kelvin Sampson,
have won five straight and nine of their last 10, with their lone loss a
seven-point setback at Ohio State. The Trojans have won four of their last
five, with their only loss in that span a 65-64 decision against UCLA.
Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas each fell out of the rankings. Tennessee had
lost three in a row before a narrow victory against South Carolina over the
weekend, while Kentucky’s one-week stay ended after a home loss to Vanderbilt.
Texas dropped a pair of games last week, falling in triple-overtime at
Oklahoma State and losing at Villanova.
Only three games pit ranked teams against each other this week, starting
Thursday when Clemson visits Duke. A Pac-10 battle Saturday night features
Oregon at Washington State and an interconference matchup earlier in the day
has North Carolina at Arizona.