UCLA Falls One Spot In Latest AP Poll

March 5, 2001

AP Basketball Writer

For the second straight week and third time this season, Stanford was a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Cardinal (27-1), who avenged their only loss of the season last weekend with a victory at UCLA, received all 70 first-place votes and 1,750 points from the national media panel Monday.

This is the third consecutive week Stanford has been atop the rankings and the seventh time this season. Its first appearance at No. 1 this season, on Jan. 8, was a unanimous selection.

Stanford, the only Division I team with less than three losses, clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title with the 85-79 win over UCLA. The Cardinal close their regular season this week with home games against Arizona and Arizona State.

Michigan State (24-3) moved up one place to second in the next-to-last poll of the season after beating Wisconsin and Michigan last week to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

Duke (26-4), which beat North Carolina on Sunday to share the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, dropped from second to third. The Blue Devils lost to Maryland earlier in the week.

Illinois, the co-champion of the Big Ten with Michigan State after beating Minnesota on Sunday, moved from fifth to fourth. Florida, which beat Kentucky on Sunday to earn a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, also moved up one place and was fifth.

North Carolina dropped two spots to sixth and was followed in the Top Ten by Iowa State, Arizona, Kansas and Boston College.

Maryland, which followed its 91-80 win over Duke with a 102-67 victory over then-No. 7 Virginia, made the week's biggest jump, from 16th to No. 11. Virginia dropped five spots to 12th and was followed in the Second Ten by UCLA, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Texas.

The last five ranked teams were St. Joseph's, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Fresno State.

The appearance is the first of the season for Ohio State (20-9), which has won seven of eight, including a victory over Illinois. The Buckeyes were ranked all last season, getting as high as No. 4 and finishing eighth in the final poll.

Fresno State (24-5) returned to the Top 25 after being out the last two weeks. The Bulldogs, who won the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title, have won four straight after losing consecutive road games to Texas Christian and Texas-El Paso.

Alabama (20-9) fell out from 20th after losses last week to Arkansas and Mississippi extended their losing streak to four games. The Crimson Tide had been ranked in every poll since the fourth one of the regular season, getting as high as 15th.

Xavier (21-6) re-entered the poll last week for the second time this season, but the Musketeers dropped out from 25th after losing 65-62 at Dayton on Sunday.

Notre Dame, the Big East West Division champion, had the week's biggest drop, falling from 13th to No. 19 after closing the regular season with losses to Connecticut and Georgetown.

The Men's Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 4, 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)         27-1   1,750    1
 2. Michigan St.          24-3   1,648    3
 3. Duke                  26-4   1,609    2
 4. Illinois              23-6   1,486    5
 5. Florida               22-5   1,469    6
 6. North Carolina        23-5   1,404    4
 7. Iowa St.              25-4   1,318    8
 8. Arizona               21-7   1,279    9
 9. Kansas                23-5   1,143   10
10. Boston College        23-4   1,119   11
11. Maryland              20-9     993   16
12. Virginia              20-7     961    7
13. UCLA                  20-7     878   12
14. Mississippi           23-6     734   14
15. Kentucky              19-9     696   15
16. Oklahoma              23-6     684   17
17. Syracuse              22-7     594   19
18. Georgetown            23-6     508   21
19. Notre Dame            19-8     431   13
20. Texas                 23-7     391   24
21. St. Joseph's          24-5     287   18
22. Wake Forest           19-9     274   23
23. Wisconsin             18-9     212   22
24. Ohio St.              20-9     158    -
25. Fresno St.            24-5     114    -

Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee 101, Providence 95, Alabama 89, Arkansas 63, Cincinnati 53, Gonzaga 40, Indiana 35, Georgia St. 31, UC Irvine 23, Creighton 22, Xavier 20, Hofstra 12, W. Kentucky 10, California 4, Southern Cal 3, St. John's 3, Richmond 2, S. Utah 2, BYU 1, Southern Miss. 1.

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