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Men's Basketball AP Top 25 Poll
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/02/2002

Jan. 1, 2002

Duke was a unanimous No. 1 choice in the AP college basketball poll for the fifth straight week Monday, while the same 25 teams remained in the rankings.

The Blue Devils (11-0), who beat San Diego State 92-79 in their only game last week, have been on top of the poll since the preseason voting. And, as it has since early December, Duke got all the No. 1 votes in the national media balloting.

The defending national champions received 70 first-place votes and 1,750 points, 107 more than Kansas (10-1), which was second for the second straight week.

The top nine teams stayed the same as last week's poll - Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland and Iowa.

Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 10, the Sooners' highest ranking since they also rounded out the Top Ten on Jan. 11, 1993. They reached No. 9 for two weeks earlier that season.

Boston College led the Second Ten and was followed by Stanford, Cincinnati, UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan State and Butler.

The last five ranked teams were Miami, Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Marquette.

Missouri (9-3) was the only team in the Top 25 to lose to an unranked team last week. The Tigers, who were ranked No. 2 three weeks ago, dropped from 10th to No. 17 after losing to DePaul 63-62 Saturday, their third consecutive loss.

The other ranked teams that lost last week - Michigan State, Marquette and Georgetown - were beaten by fellow Top 25 teams.

Michigan State (9-4) fell from 13th to No. 19 after losing 75-64 to Stanford in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif. Marquette (10-2) dropped from No. 19 to 25th following a 64-59 loss at Wake Forest. Georgetown (9-3) fell 20th to No. 24 after losing 98-91 at UCLA.

Stanford's move from 16th to No. 12 was the week's biggest jump.

As conference play begins in earnest this week, all five unbeaten Division I teams are ranked - Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Butler and Miami - and all but two of the Top 25 come from seven leagues.

Butler, of the Horizon League, and Gonzaga, of the West Coast Conference, are the only ranked teams not from those seven conferences.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke, Virginia, Maryland and Wake Forest), the Big 12 (Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Missouri) and the Big East (Boston College, Syracuse, Miami and Georgetown) led the way among the leagues with four ranked teams each.

The only game with two ranked teams this week is Miami at Georgetown on Wednesday night.

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Rk.TeamRecordPtsPv
1.Duke (70)11-01,7501
2.Kansas10-11,6432
3.Florida11-11,6013
4.Virginia9-01,4794
5.Oklahoma St.13-01,4735
6.Kentucky8-21,3996
7.Illinois11-21,3217
8.Maryland10-21,2708
9.Iowa11-31,1049
10.Oklahoma10-11,02912
11.Boston College11-199911
12.Stanford7-283016
13.Cincinnati12-180517
14.UCLA9-280115
15.Arizona8-376614
16.Syracuse11-263818
17.Missouri9-355010
18.Alabama10-251921
19.Michigan St.9-450013
20.Butler13-048323
21.Miami13-047124
22.Gonzaga11-241822
23.Wake Forest9-324425
24.Georgetown9-317420
25.Marquette10-217019

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 32, W. Kentucky 31, Memphis 27, Oregon 24, Notre Dame 23, Mississippi 18, Southern California 18, BYU 17, Connecticut 15, Georgia 13, Ball St. 11, Louisville 11, St. Bonaventure 11, Coll. of Charleston 8, Pittsburgh 8, S. Illinois 8, Bowling Green 7, Mississippi St. 6, Saint Joseph's 5, California 4, Hawaii 3, N.C. State 3, Utah St. 3, Wyoming 3, St. John's 2, Penn 1, Tulsa 1.


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