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Bruins Move Up To No. 12 In Latest Men's Hoops Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/26/2001

Feb. 26, 2001

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Stanford, the only Division I team with fewer than three losses, was a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the second time this season.

The Cardinal (25-1) received all 70 first-place votes and 1,750 points from a national media panel on Monday. This is their second straight week atop the poll and sixth this season. Stanford, which beat Washington and Washington State last week, also was a unanimous No. 1 on Jan. 8, its first week on top of the poll this season.

Stanford gets a chance to avenge its only loss of the season on Saturday, when it plays at UCLA.

Duke (25-3) had 1,654 points and moved from fourth to second following wins over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, the latter on a buzzer-beater by freshman Chris Duhon.

Michigan State (22-3) moved up two spots to third after wins over Indiana and Penn State.

Both North Carolina, which lost to Virginia by 20 points Sunday, and Illinois, which lost to Ohio State by two points Thursday, dropped two spots to fourth and fifth, respectively.

Florida moved up one place to sixth, and was followed in the Top Ten by Virginia, Iowa State, Arizona and Kansas.

Boston College dropped one spot to lead the Second Ten, and was followed by UCLA, Notre Dame, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, St. Joseph's, Syracuse and Alabama.

The last five ranked teams were Georgetown, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Texas and Xavier.

Both Texas (21-7) and Xavier (21-5) returned to the Top 25, replacing Tennessee and Providence.

Texas has won four straight, the most recent a 94-78 victory over Iowa State on Saturday. The Longhorns were ranked for three weeks earlier in the season, but had been out of the Top 25 for the last four weeks.

Xavier was ranked 24th for one week, then lost to St. Joseph's and was out the last two weeks. The Musketeers have won three straight.

Tennessee (19-9) fell out from 22nd after a 78-70 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday snapped a five-game losing streak. The Volunteers, ranked No. 4 six weeks ago, became the second team ranked in the preseason Top Ten to fall out of the rankings. Seton Hall, ranked 10th in the preseason - one spot behind Tennessee - dropped out four weeks ago.

Providence (20-8) was 25th last week - its first ranking since Jan. 24, 1989 - but fell out after going 2-1 last week. The Friars beat Virginia Tech and Binghamton by a combined 101 points before losing 59-58 to Boston College on Saturday.

Both Notre Dame and St. Joseph's moved up five places for the week's biggest climbs, while Alabama's drop from 14th to No. 20 was the biggest drop.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 25, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

                          Record  Pts  Pvs
 1. Stanford (70)         25-1  1,750   1
 2. Duke                  25-3  1,654   4
 3. Michigan St.          22-3  1,612   5
 4. North Carolina        22-4  1,474   2
 5. Illinois              22-6  1,427   3
 6. Florida               20-5  1,415   7
 7. Virginia              19-6  1,289   9
 8. Iowa St.              23-4  1,258   6
 9. Arizona               19-7  1,226   8
10. Kansas                21-5  1,078  11
11. Boston College        20-4  1,009  10
12. UCLA                  19-6    953  15
13. Notre Dame            19-6    870  18
14. Mississippi           22-5    837  12
15. Kentucky              18-8    749  13
16. Maryland              18-9    613  20
17. Oklahoma              21-6    505  16
18. St. Joseph's          23-4    495  23
19. Syracuse              20-7    427  17
20. Alabama               20-7    402  14
21. Georgetown            21-6    340  21
22. Wisconsin             17-8    223  19
23. Wake Forest           18-9    213  24
24. Texas                 21-7    175   -
25. Xavier                21-5    126   -

Others receiving votes: Providence 116, Ohio St. 101, Tennessee 98, Fresno St. 84, Creighton 57, Cincinnati 35, Gonzaga 30, Georgia St. 22, Indiana 21, UC Irvine 15, Utah 10, California 9, Hofstra 8, Georgia Tech 6, W. Kentucky 5, Arkansas 4, West Virginia 3, Missouri 2, Southern Cal 2, Oklahoma St. 1, Wyoming 1.


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