Top 25 Polls: UCONN #1 in Both

    
February 2nd, 2009

The Story: A common theme seems to be re-occurring in the college hoops world, a new week brings a new No. 1 team in the country. With Duke losing to Wake Forest last week, Connecticut earns this week’s top spot.  The Huskies, 20-1 overall, don't possess the top spot in the Big East, but have earned the top spot in the nation. They'll immediately be tested as they take on #5/7 Louisville tonight on ESPN. Connecticut’s women’s program is also ranked No. 1 and this marks the 6th time that a school has had both programs ranked No. 1 at the same time. Oklahoma, No. 2 in both polls, was the only other team to receive first place votes (3) in the coaches’ poll. Both the Sooners and North Carolina received first place votes in the AP poll. Eight of the top ten teams come from either the ACC or the Big East. Mid-major Butler, has moved up to No. 11 and could crack the top ten next week. Kentucky’s stay in the AP poll was brief. The Wildcats along with Saint Mary’s and Georgetown, all fell from this week’s AP poll. Utah State, Kansas, and Minnesota replace those three teams. Notre Dame continues to struggle and fell out of the coaches’ poll this week.

 

AP Top 25
1. Connecticut (64) 20-1 1,792
2. Oklahoma (5) 21-1 1,691
3. North Carolina (3) 19-2 1,639
4. Duke 19-2 1,563
5. Louisville 17-3 1,464
6. Pittsburgh 19-2 1,427
7. Wake Forest 17-2 1,409
8. Marquette 19-2 1,358
9. Xavier 19-2 1,176
10. Clemson 18-2 1,077
11. Butler 19-1 1,051
12. Purdue 17-4 961
13. Michigan State 17-4 876
14. Memphis 18-3 798
15. UCLA 17-4 787
16. Texas 15-5 724
17. Villanova 17-4 698
18. Gonzaga 16-4 632
19. Minnesota 18-3 426
20. Syracuse 17-5 415
21. Kansas 17-4 316
22. Washington 16-5 216
23. Illinois 18-4 198
24. Arizona State 16-5 146
25. Utah State 21-1 99


Others Receiving Votes
Dayton 95, Davidson 85, Missouri 39, Penn State 37, LSU 36, West Virginia 33, South Carolina 33, UNLV 29, Florida 24, Providence 14, USC 8, Notre Dame 7, Siena 4, Kansas State 4, Northeastern 3, Ohio State 3, Kentucky 2, Arizona 2, Florida State 1, Northern Iowa 1, Virginia Military 1.

ESPN/USA Today Poll
1. Connecticut (28) 20-1 772
2. Oklahoma (3) 21-1 729
3. Duke 19-2 682
4. North Carolina 19-2 670
5. Pittsburgh 19-2 633
6. Wake Forest 17-2 609
7. Louisville 17-3 604
8. Marquette 19-2 586
9. Xavier 19-2 529
10. Clemson 18-2 487
11. Butler 19-1 456
12. UCLA 17-4 400
13. Purdue 17-4 369
14. Michigan State 17-4 356
15. Memphis 18-3 309
16. Villanova 17-4 298
17. Texas 15-5 274
18. Gonzaga 16-4 201
19. Minnesota 18-3 197
20. Syracuse 17-5 162
21. Illinois 18-4 126
22. Utah State 21-1 106
23. Arizona State 16-5 104
24. Kansas 17-4 100
25. Washington 16-5 78


Others Receiving Votes
Dayton 69, Missouri 30, Davidson 27, UNLV 19, Saint Mary's 18, USC 15, Penn State 13, LSU 10, South Carolina 8, Florida 6, West Virginia 5, Notre Dame 4, Georgetown 3, Kentucky 3, Baylor 3, Brigham Young 2, Utah 2, Boston College 1.


Dropped From Rankings
Saint Mary's 18, Notre Dame 22, Georgetown 23.

 

Ryter’s Block:  Connecticut’s surge to No. 1 marks the most changes at the top of the coaches’ poll since 2003-04. It has been a crazy few weeks for the numero uno. Is this position jinxed? Maybe a team would rather be No. 2 then be No. 1. First off, I like the addition of Utah State in both polls. The Utah State Aggies are 21-1 with their only loss coming to a tough BYU team this year. I like to see mid-major programs crack the polls from time to time. With that being said, if Butler can win tonight at UWGB, they could run the table for the year (depending on whether they do in fact head to Davidson in the BracketBuster event). How high can this team be ranked at season’s end if this happens? It will be interesting to see because there would be much debate about their strength of schedule. The Big East and ACC continue to dominate the top ten. Next week we may see something different. Connecticut and Louisville play each other tonight and Duke and Clemson also plays each other this week. Since all four teams can’t win, two may drop. What happened to Notre Dame? They have dropped from both polls and if they continue to play like this, they will be begging for an NIT berth. I think Michigan State, after losing at home to Penn State, should have dropped a few more spots. With that being said, look out for Penn State. They are receiving votes in both polls.

 

Here are a few games to watch out for this weekend…

 

Monday, February 2                           No. 1 Connecticut at No. 7 Louisville

 

Wednesday, February 4                     No. 3 Duke at No. 10 Clemson

                                                            No. 19 Minnesota at No. 14 Michigan State

                                                           

Thursday, February 5                         No. 18 Gonzaga at Portland

 

Saturday, February 7                          No. 15 Memphis at No. 18 Gonzaga

                                                            No. 20 Syracuse at No. 16 Villanova

                                                            Notre Dame at No. 12 UCLA

 

Sunday, February 8                            No. 13 Purdue at No. 21 Illinois