Florida, Wisconsin stay 1-2 in hoops poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Florida and Wisconsin kept the top two spots
in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the third straight
Florida (19-2) received 45 first-place votes, three more than last week, and a
total of 1,773 points from a national media panel to remain the top-ranked
team in the country. The defending national champs beat Mississippi State and
Auburn last week to run their winning streak to 12 straight games.
Wisconsin (21-1) has the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games after
beating Michigan and Iowa last week. The Badgers, off to the best start in
school history, earned 24 first-place votes and 1,734 points.
UCLA’s surprising loss to Stanford on Sunday dropped the Bruins two spots to
fifth and allowed North Carolina and Ohio State to each move up a spot.
North Carolina (19-2) picked up the remaining three first-place votes to take
the third spot this week, while Ohio State (18-3) slid into the fourth slot.
Kansas, Pittsburgh, Duke, Oregon and Texas A&M rounded out the top 10. A&M
dropped four spots after last Wednesday’s loss at Texas Tech.
Memphis started the second 10 and was followed by Oklahoma State, Butler,
Marquette, Nevada, Virginia Tech, Air Force, Washington State, Alabama and
Virginia Tech had the biggest jump in the poll, vaulting eight spots from 24th
after road wins at Miami-Florida and Georgia Tech, while Alabama had the
biggest fall, dropping seven spots from 12th after losing to Auburn and
The last five teams ranked were Notre Dame, Texas, Stanford, Vanderbilt and
Clemson. The Tigers, who started the season 17-0, have lost four of their last
five and dropped six spots after losses last week to Duke and Virginia.
Texas returned to the poll for the third different time this season, while
Stanford and Vanderbilt earned ranking spots for the first time this year.
Stanford won home games against Southern California and UCLA this past weekend
to earn its spot, while Vanderbilt has won four straight, including victories
last week against LSU and Ole Miss. Vandy will get its first test as a ranked
team on Wednesday with a visit to Gainesville against the top-ranked Gators.
LSU followed up last Wednesday’s 63-54 setback against Vandy with a 57-54 loss
at Georgia on Sunday. It was the third straight loss for the Tigers, who
started the year ranked fifth after their Final Four appearance last year and
dropped out of the poll for the first time this season.
Indiana and Southern California also fell out of the poll after one-week
stays. The Hoosiers lost their first game as a ranked team last Tuesday with a
51-43 setback at Illinois, then followed it up with a win against Michigan.
The Trojans also lost their first game as a ranked team with a 65-50 setback
at Stanford, then squeezed out a 76-73 win at California on Saturday.
The Pac-10 features a pair of games on Thursday with ranked teams facing each
other, as Washington State visits Arizona and UCLA hosts Oregon. The Ducks
handed the Bruins their first loss of the season on January 6 with a 68-66
triumph at McArthur Court.
Saturday’s schedule includes a Big 12 battle between top-10 teams Texas A&M
and Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.