Monday, February 9, 2009
UConn, Oklahoma remain 1-2 in poll
For one week at least, Connecticut has brought stability to the top of the ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball rankings.
Connecticut (22-1) remained atop the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, getting 30 of 31 first-place votes. No. 2 Oklahoma received one first-place vote.
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The rest of the top 5
2. Oklahoma (23-1)
3. North Carolina (21-2)
4. Pittsburgh (21-2)
5. Duke (20-3)
After a 17-point rout of then-No. 7 Louisville on the road and a home victory over upset-minded Michigan, UConn remained No. 1 in the poll, released Monday. The Huskies (22-1), who lead the Big East at 10-1, received 30 first-place votes, two more than last week.
The other No. 1 vote went to No. 2 Oklahoma (23-1).
Last week, UConn became the fifth team to ascend to No. 1 this season in the poll, following in the footsteps of North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Duke.
Oklahoma, at 9-0 in the Big 12, leads No. 16 Kansas by a half game in the conference standings.
North Carolina (21-2) moved up to No. 3 as its rebound from two January losses continues. The Tar Heels will take a seven-game winning streak into Wednesday night's ACC game at archrival Duke (ESPN, 9 ET). The teams are tied for the ACC lead at 7-2.
Speaking of the 20-3 Blue Devils, after 21-2 Pittsburgh at No. 4, they capped a difficult week by falling two spots to fifth. Duke was manhandled by ACC foe Clemson in a 74-47 loss early last week; the Blue Devils hadn't experienced such a massive margin of defeat since the 1990 NCAA championship game, a 103-73 victory for UNLV.
Pac-10 leader UCLA moved up five spots to seventh, Wake Forest (18-3) fell two spots to eighth, and Michigan State (No. 9, 19-4) and Memphis (20-3, No. 10) made five-spot leaps. The Tigers, last year's NCAA runner-up to Kansas, have won 14 straight, their last loss coming Dec. 20 to Syracuse.
Clemson (19-3) leads off the poll's second 10, followed by Marquette (20-3), Villanova (19-4), Xavier (20-3), Butler (21-2), the Jayhawks (19-4), Utah State (23-1), Arizona State (18-5), Top 25 newcomer Missouri (20-4) at No. 19 and Illinois (19-5).
Gonzaga (17-5), Syracuse (18-6), Purdue (17-6), Washington (17-6) and Florida State (18-5) round out the rankings.