March 5, 2001
By JIM O'CONNELL
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.