Monday, February 6, 2006
Mountaineers climb into coaches' Top 10; UConn No. 1
ESPN.com news services
The perfect Mountaineers are a 10 ... Top 10 team, that is.
West Virginia (17-4), the only unbeaten team in Big East play, moved into the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll Top 10 for the first time this season, climbing one spot from 11th to 10th after beating Notre Dame and Cincinnati last week.
Connecticut, in the middle of a nine-game winning streak, was No. 1 for the third straight week, followed by Duke. The Huskies (20-1) received 22 first-place votes for a total of 761 points, while the Blue Devils (21-1) received eight first-place votes for 749 points.
At No. 3, Memphis (21-2) received the other first-place vote. Villanova (17-1) and Gonzaga (18-3) rounded out the top five, which was unchanged.
Florida (20-2) improved one spot to No. 6, followed by Texas (19-3) and George Washington (18-1), which jumped two spots. Illinois (20-3) fell three spots to ninth after Saturday's shocking loss against Penn State, which ended its 33-game home winning streak.
Michigan State (17-5) was No. 11 and UCLA (19-4) was 12th. Pittsburgh (17-3) fell four spots to No. 13 after a loss to Georgetown, followed by Tennessee (16-3) and North Carolina State (18-4).
The Hoyas, who entered the poll at No. 22 last week, won at DePaul on Tuesday and at home to then-No 9. Pittsburgh on Sunday to move up six spots to 16th. Georgetown (16-4) have won six straight games, including a 87-84 victory over then-No. 1 Duke.
Ohio State (16-3) was 17th, followed by Boston College (17-5), which fell four spots.
Iowa (18-5) re-entered the poll at No. 19 after wins over Purdue and at then-No. 20 Michigan. The Hawkeyes have won four straight and seven of eight, including four wins against members of the Top 25.
Oklahoma (14-5) fell two places to No. 20, followed by Indiana (13-6); Michigan (16-4); North Carolina (14-5), which had fallen out of the rankings the previous week; and Colorado (15-4).
Maryland, which lost three straight, and Northern Iowa, which won one game and lost one in its Top 25 debut, dropped out.
Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.