Blue Devils topple from poll grace

January 16, 1995

Massachusetts and Connecticut held the top two spots in the college basketball poll today, the second week in a row they were there. The big news, however, is who isn't in the Top 25.

For the first time since December 1986, Duke is not among the ranks of the ranked. A run of 143 consecutive poll appearances came to an end when the Blue Devils (9-6) didn't get enough votes after dropping their fourth consecutive game, the last three without coach Mike Krzyzewski (back ailment) on the bench.

Massachusetts (11-1) held the top spot with three wins last week, an overtime squeaker at St. Bonaventure, a slow sure one over Rutgers and a decisive 93-60 thrashing of then-No. 21 Penn on Saturday night. The Minutemen received 47 first-place votes and 1,629 points from the national media panel easily tooutdistance Connecticut, the only remaining unbeaten Division I team.

The Huskies (12-0) were No. 1 on 16 ballots and had 1,588 points, 68 more than North Carolina (12-1), which had the other three first-place votes as it moved up one spot.

UCLA (9-1) moved up two spots to fourth and was followed by Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Maryland, Arkansas and Georgetown.

Arizona, which takes over for Duke with the longest current streak in the rankings, led the Second Ten and was followed by Michigan State, Arizona State, Iowa State, Wake Forest, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, New Mexico State and Illinois.

The last five teams were Stanford, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Florida and Penn. Virginia, Illinois, Stanford and Cincinnati were the new teams in this week's poll.

AP POLL

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, record through Jan. 15, total points and previous ranking:

.......... ........... Record .. Pts .. Prv

1. UMass (47) ........ 11-1 .. 1,629 .. 1

2. Connecticut (16) .. 12-0 .. 1,588 .. 2

3. No. Carolina (3) .. 12-1 .. 1,520 .. 4

4. UCLA ....... ....... 9-1 .. 1,383 .. 6

5. Kentucky .......... 10-2 .. 1,357 .. 7

Syracuse .......... 12-1 .. 1,273 .. 8

Kansas ............ 11-2 .. 1,221 .. 3

Maryland .......... 13-3 .. 1,163 .. 9

Arkansas .......... 13-3 .. 1,118 .. 5

Georgetown ....... 11-1 .. 1,113 .. 10

Arizona .......... 12-3 .... 980 .. 13

Michigan St. ..... 10-2 .... 859 .. 11

13. Arizona St. ...... 12-3 .... 839 .. 12

14. Iowa St. ......... 13-2 .... 754 .. 23

15. Wake Forest ....... 9-2 .... 670 .. 14

16. Missouri ......... 12-2 .... 597 .. 17

Oregon ........... 11-1 .... 487 .. 25

Virginia ......... 10-3 .... 421 .. --

New Mexico St. ... 12-3 .... 370 .. 24

20. Illinois ......... 13-3 .... 248 .. --

Stanford ......... 11-2 .... 240 .. --

Georgia Tech ...... 9-5 .... 191 .. 22

23. Cincinnati ....... 12-5 .... 140 .. --

Florida ........... 7-5 .... 122 .. 15

Penn .............. 8-2 .... 121 .. 21

Others receiving votes: Alabama 119, Clemson 118, Villanova 77, California 71, Texas 69, Saint Louis 56, Iowa 52, Indiana 49, Duke 48, Oklahoma 48, Tulane 38, Brigham Young 35, Nebraska 33, Louisville 29, Xavier, Ohio 27, Auburn 17, Penn St. 17, Purdue 17, Utah 16, Mississippi 15, Virginia Tech 14, Mississippi St. 12, Providence 11, Marquette 10, N.C. Charlotte 9, Ohio U. 8, Memphis 6, Temple 6, Utah St. 6, N. Carolina St. 5, Texas-El Paso 5, LSU 1, Santa Clara 1, Va. Commonwealth 1.

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