College Basketball: Top 25 Polls & Commentary

    
February 9th, 2009

The Story: The streak of new No. 1’s comes to an end as Connecticut remains atop both polls for the second consecutive week. The Huskies defeated Louisville on the road and beat Michigan at home this week. Oklahoma, No. 2, received one first place vote in the Coaches’ poll, while the other 30 went to Connecticut. North Carolina moves up to the No. 3 spot and will take their seven game win streak into No. 5/6 Duke on Wednesday night. Duke dropped to No.5/6 after getting lblown out at Clemson 74-47. Marquette fell a few spots to No. 12/10 after South Florida handed them their first conference loss. Memphis, No. 10/8 is climbing up the polls while riding a 14 game winning streak. Texas and Minnesota dropped off both polls this week. The Longhorns have lost three straight and sit at .500 in conference play. Joining Texas and Minnesota in dropping out of the AP Top 25 is Washington. Replacing Texas and Minnesota in the Coaches’ poll is Florida State and Missouri. The Ohio State Buckeyes, as well as Florida State and Missouri, are the newcomers in the AP poll. 

 

AP Top 25


1. Connecticut (67) 22-1 1,795
2. Oklahoma (3) 23-1 1,710
3. North Carolina (2) 21-2 1,672
4. Pittsburgh 21-2 1,583
5. Louisville 18-4 1,423
6. Duke 20-3 1,350
7. Wake Forest 18-3 1,242
8. Memphis 20-3 1,237
9. Michigan State 19-4 1,214
10. Marquette 20-3 1,137
11. UCLA 19-4 1,131
12. Clemson 19-3 1,097
13. Villanova 19-4 989
14. Xavier 20-3 893
15. Butler 21-2 762
16. Kansas 19-4 751
17. Missouri 20-4 395
18. Arizona State 18-5 389
19. Gonzaga 17-5 361
20. Purdue 17-6 353
21. Utah State 23-1 317
22. Illinois 19-5 303
23. Syracuse 18-6 280
24. Ohio State 17-5 216
25. Florida State 18-5 182


Others Receiving Votes
LSU 167, Washington 135, Texas 106, Florida 66, Minnesota 43, Dayton 31, California 16, Kansas State 8, West Virginia 8, South Carolina 7, Davidson 7, Miami (FL) 7, Utah 4, Arizona 4, San Diego State 2, Siena 2, Northeastern 2, Robert Morris 1, Boston College 1, Green Bay 1.


Dropped From Rankings
Texas 16, Minnesota 19, Washington 22.

ESPN/USA Today Poll


1. Connecticut (30) 22-1 774
2. Oklahoma (1) 23-1 735
3. North Carolina 21-2 711
4. Pittsburgh 21-2 689
5. Duke 20-3 604
6. UCLA 19-4 554
7. Louisville 18-4 553
8. Wake Forest 18-3 541
9. Michigan State 19-4 521
10. Memphis 20-3 486
11. Clemson 19-3 456
12. Marquette 20-3 446
13. Villanova 19-4 416
14. Xavier 20-3 375
15. Butler 21-2 346
16. Kansas 19-4 300
17. Utah State 23-1 258
18. Arizona State 18-5 214
19. Missouri 20-4 162
20. Illinois 19-5 143
21. Gonzaga 17-5 124
22. Syracuse 18-6 115
23. Purdue 17-6 114
24. Washington 17-6 86
25. Florida State 18-5 62


Others Receiving Votes
Ohio State 55, Texas 50, LSU 50, Dayton 34, Minnesota 30, Florida 26, Davidson 9, Utah 9, South Carolina 7, Saint Mary's 5, Brigham Young 5, California 3, San Diego State 3, Penn State 2, UNLV 1, Arizona 1.


Dropped From Rankings
Texas 17, Minnesota 19.

 

Ryter’s Block: In watching Connecticut handle Louisville rather easily last week, it's clear they deserve the No. 1 spot. It seems as if the Huskies have all the right pieces this year. They have one of the best backcourts, senior leadership, depth, and the best shot blocker in the nation. Thabeet is a game changer. He alters almost every shot in the lane. I was in awe watching him throw a Louisville shot about half way down the court. UCLA should be ranked higher in the AP poll. The Pac-10 is having a “down” year; however they have the talent to play with the best teams in the nation. They should be ranked ahead of Wake Forest, who looked terrible against Miami (FL). Memphis is another team that is starting to flourish. Although they don’t play in a Big 6 Conference and take some heat for that, they proved to be a worthy opponent against Gonzaga. Utah State, 23-1, is climbing up both polls, but has a tough matchup on Valentine’s Day at Boise State. LSU, the number one team in the SEC, should be ranked. I think Purdue should have fallen off both polls and LSU should take their spot. It seems like each week there is a big upset. Who will fall this week?

 

Here’s a look at the games to watch this week; highlighted by UNC at Duke on Wednesday…

 

Monday, February 9:                          No. 16 Kansas at No. 19 Missouri

 

Tuesday, February 10:                        No. 12 Marquette at No. 13 Villanova

 

Wednesday, February 11:                   No. 3 North Carolina at No. 5 Duke

                                                            No. 22 Syracuse at No. 1 Connecticut

 

Thursday, February 12:                       No. 6 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona State

 

Saturday, February 14:                       No. 25 Florida State at No. 8 Wake Forest