Ohio State tops men’s hoops poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Ohio State is the No. 1 team in men’s college
basketball, ascending to the top spot of the Associated Press poll for the
first time in 45 years.
The Buckeyes (26-3) pulled out a 49-48 victory over previously No. 1 Wisconsin
on Sunday in Columbus and moved up one spot in the rankings. Ohio State, which
was last the top team in the land in 1962, received 62 first-place votes and a
total of 1,786 points from a nationwide media panel.
Wisconsin dropped three spots to fourth. The Badgers (26-4) also lost at
Michigan State last week.
UCLA (25-3) moved up two spots to second. The Bruins, who were ranked No. 1
earlier this season, picked up 10 first-place votes and 1,729 points.
Kansas (25-4) jumped up three spots to third and Florida (25-4) fell two spots
to fifth after a loss to LSU on Saturday.
Memphis, which owns the nation’s longest active winning streak of 17 games, is
sixth and followed by Texas A&M, North Carolina, Georgetown and Nevada.
The second 10 consists of Southern Illinois, Pittsburgh, Washington State,
Duke, Texas, Louisville, Oregon, Butler, Vanderbilt and Marquette.
Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Southern California, Maryland and Air Force round
out this week’s rankings. The only school in the last five that was ranked
last week is Air Force, which lost to UNLV and TCU last week and dropped 11
spots from 14th.
The newcomers — Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Southern California and Maryland
— were all ranked at some point earlier in the season.
BYU, West Virginia, Virginia and Alabama dropped out of this week’s rankings.
The final week of the regular season in the power conferences features seven
games involving a pair of ranked teams.
Wednesday’s schedule includes a Big 12 battle between Texas A&M and Texas,
while Maryland, which knocked off North Carolina on Sunday to rejoin the
rankings, visits Duke.
UCLA has already wrapped up a share of the Pac-10 regular season title, but
can win it outright with a victory at Washington State on Thursday.
Washington State also has a Saturday matchup with Southern California, while
that day’s slate also features Texas against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. In
the Big East, Marquette hosts Pittsburgh.
Duke and North Carolina will meet for the second time this season on Sunday in