Monday , Feb , 19 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Wisconsin, Ohio State head men’s hoops poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Wisconsin and Ohio State, the Big Ten’s best,
are also the top two teams in the latest Associated Press men’s college
basketball poll.

After Florida lost to Vanderbilt on Saturday and had a 17-game winning streak
stopped, the Gators dropped from a unanimous No. 1 to third in this week’s
poll. That allowed the Badgers and Buckeyes to move to the top of the

Wisconsin (26-2), which is No. 1 for the first time in school history,
received 35 first-place votes and a total of 1,747 points from a nationwide
media panel to edge Ohio State (24-3) for the top spot. The Buckeyes, who own
an 11-game winning streak, earned 31 first-place votes and 1,728 total points.

The two Big Ten powers share the conference lead with 12-1 marks and will
square off this Sunday in Columbus. Wisconsin won the first meeting of the
season on January 9 in Madison, pulling out a 72-69 triumph.

Sunday’s meeting will mark the first 1 vs. 2 matchup in college basketball
since December of 2005, when top-ranked Duke rolled to a 97-66 victory over
No. 2 Texas in a neutral-site matchup at the Meadowlands.

Florida (24-3) still picked up four first-place votes to sit third this week,
while UCLA (23-3) garnered top support from two voters to move up one spot
into fourth.

North Carolina, Kansas, Memphis, Texas A&M, Washington State and Pittsburgh
complete the top 10.

The second 10 consists of Nevada, Georgetown, Southern Illinois, Air Force,
Butler, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Duke, Texas and Louisville.

Vanderbilt, Duke, Texas and Louisville were among six newcomers to this week’s
poll. Vandy moved back into the rankings after a one-week absence thanks to an
83-70 home win over Florida, while Duke also made a comeback after falling out
of the poll last week. The Blue Devils, who had been ranked for 200 straight
polls, beat Boston College and Georgia Tech last week.

Texas has been in and out of the poll most of the season, while Louisville is
ranked for the first time this season after picking up wins at Pittsburgh and
Marquette last week.

The final five teams in this week’s poll are BYU, West Virginia, Oregon,
Virginia and Alabama. Oregon dropped eight spots from 15th after losing twice
last week.

BYU is ranked for the first time since March of 1993, while Virginia is back
in the poll after a brief stay in November.

Southern California, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Boston College, Arizona and
Indiana fell out the rankings this week.

In addition to the big Sunday showdown, games involving a pair of ranked teams
this week include a Pac-10 battle Thursday between Washington State and
Oregon, and a Big East matchup Saturday with Pittsburgh visiting Georgetown.