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UCLA Rejoins Top 25
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/12/2001

Feb. 12, 2001

LOS ANGELES - While North Carolina remained No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the second straight week Monday, two of college basketball's other premier programs re-entered the Top 25.

Kentucky and UCLA, both dropped from the rankings 11 weeks ago, came in this week at Nos. 22 and 24.

North Carolina (21-2), which extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games with victories over Wake Forest and Maryland last week, received 62 first-place votes and 1,742 points from the national media panel.

Stanford (22-1), which got the other eight No. 1 votes and 1,659 points, and Duke (22-2) remained second and third.

Illinois, which beat Michigan State last week in the only regular-season meeting between the Big Ten's top two teams, jumped from seventh to fourth, while the Spartans dropped one spot to fifth.

Kansas dropped one spot to sixth after losing to Iowa State last week, a victory that jumped the Cyclones from 12th to seventh.

Arizona, Boston College and Syracuse rounded out the Top Ten. Boston College jumped from 17th to ninth, the Eagles' first appearance in the Top Ten since they were sixth on Dec. 20, 1983.

Florida dropped three spots to No. 11 and was followed in the Second Ten by Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Mississippi, Maryland, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Fresno State.

The last five ranked teams were Alabama, Kentucky, Wake Forest, UCLA and Iowa.

Kentucky (15-7) dropped from the rankings in late November after a loss to Penn State left the Wildcats 1-3. Consecutive losses to Georgia Tech and Michigan State gave Kentucky a 3-5 mark, but since then it has won 12 of 14 games, including the last five in a row. The Wildcats' 8-2 Southeastern Conference record gives them a two-game lead over Florida in the league's East Division.

UCLA (15-6) fell from the rankings after a stunning home loss to Cal State-Northridge left the Bruins 1-2. They re-entered the Top 25 on a three-game winning streak, all on the road, and the first two were over Stanford - the Cardinal's first loss of the season - and crosstown rival Southern California.

The 85-76 loss to UCLA knocked the Trojans (16-6) out of the rankings from 22nd. It is their first time out of the poll this season, after being as high as 12th.

Xavier (18-4) fell out from 24th after one week in the rankings. The Musketeers lost to St. Joseph's last week before beating Temple.

The biggest jump of the week was Mississippi's rise from 25th to No. 16 after SEC wins over LSU and Tennessee. The biggest drop of the week was Iowa's fall from 14th to No. 25 after the Hawkeyes, playing without injured guard Luke Recker, lost Big Ten games to Ohio State and Northwestern.

Tennessee (18-6), which also lost a conference game to Arkansas last week, dropped from 10th to No. 15, the Volunteers' first appearance this season out of the Top Ten.

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

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 Feb. 11, 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. North Carolina (62)     21-2   1,742    1
 2. Stanford (8)            22-1   1,659    2
 3. Duke                    22-2   1,633    3
 4. Illinois                19-5   1,487    7
 5. Michigan St.            19-3   1,459    4
 6. Kansas                  19-3   1,337    5
 7. Iowa St.                21-3   1,317   12
 8. Arizona                 17-6   1,263   11
 9. Boston College          18-2   1,087   17
10. Syracuse                19-4   1,083    9
11. Florida                 16-5   1,079    8
12. Virginia                16-6     804    6
13. Oklahoma                19-4     759   21
14. Notre Dame              16-5     719   20
15. Tennessee               18-6     669   10
16. Mississippi             19-4     518   25
17. Maryland                15-8     458   13
18. Georgetown              19-4     453   15
19. Wisconsin               15-6     429   16
20. Fresno St.              20-3     426   23
21. Alabama                 18-5     403   18
22. Kentucky                15-7     382    -
23. Wake Forest             16-7     381   19
24. UCLA                    15-6     278    -
25. Iowa                    17-6     195   14

Others receiving votes: Xavier 168, St. Joseph's 150, Southern Cal 110, Providence 106, Georgia Tech 67, Gonzaga 36, California 22, Ohio St. 21, Cent. Michigan 9, Utah 9, Cincinnati 7, Utah St. 7, Wyoming 7, Georgia St. 6, Hofstra 3, Coll. of Charleston 1, Holy Cross 1.


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