UCLA stays No. 1 in final AP voting

March 13, 1995

The NCAA tournament selection committee and the final college basketball poll don't agree.

UCLA, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Kansas were tabbed the top four seeds for the upcoming tournament, but today's final poll had UCLA, Kentucky, Wake Forest and North Carolina as the top four teams.

The Bruins (25-2) kept the No. 1 position for the third consecutive week, and for the second straight week were one vote shy of being unanimous. They were on top of all but one ballot from the 65-member national media panel and had 1,624 points, 72 more than Kentucky (25-4), which received the other first-place vote and moved up one place in the rankings.

Wake Forest (24-5), which beat North Carolina in overtime to win the ACC tournament title, jumped from seventh to third. North Carolina (24-5) held fourth, its lowest ranking of the season.

Kansas (23-5) was fifth, dropping from second after losing in the semifinals of the Big Eight tournament.

The Jayhawks were followed by Arkansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Villanova and Maryland.

There were 18 polls in the 1994-95 season and 45 teams from 14 conferences were ranked at some point with six schools -- Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, Kansas and UCLA -- reaching No. 1. That was one off the record for No. 1 teams set in the 1982-83 season.

North Carolina spent the most time at No. 1, six weeks, one more week than Massachusetts. There was a five-week period where a different team was No. 1 each poll, and it finally ended last week when UCLA stayed atop the rankings.

The Big Ten had the most teams ranked during the season with eight and was followed by the ACC (7), Pac-10 and Big Eight (6), bTC and Southeastern and Big East (5). No other conference had more than one team ranked during the year.

Thirteen schools ran the table in the rankings from preseason poll to the finale with four -- North Carolina, Massachusetts, Kentucky and UCLA -- never out of the Top Ten.

The most startling poll news of the season had to be that Duke's run of 143 consecutive polls came to end, a string that began early in the 1986-87 season. The Blue Devils dropped out in January after four consecutive losses and, like ailing coach Mike Krzyzewski, didn't return.

AP POLL

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' final college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 12, total points and previous ranking:

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

1. UCLA (64) .. ... ... ... 25-2 .. .. ... 1,624 .. .. 1

2. Kentucky (1) ... ... ... 25-4 .. .. ... 1,552 .. .. 3

3. Wake Forest .. .. .. ... 24-5 .. .. ... 1,473 .. .. 7

4. North Carolina .. .. ... 24-5 .. .. ... 1,347 .. .. 4

5. Kansas ... ... .. .. ... 23-5 .. .. ... 1,344 .. .. 2

6. Arkansas ... ... ... ... 27-6 .. .. ... 1,322 .. .. 5

7. Massachusetts .. ... ... 26-4 .. .. ... 1,256 .. .. 8

8. Connecticut ... .. .. .. 25-4 .. .. ... 1,123 .. .. 6

9. Villanova ... ... ... .. 25-7 .. .. ... 1,095 .. .. 13

10. Maryland ... ... ... .. 24-7 .. .. ... 986 ... ... 10

11. Michigan St. ... ... .. 22-5 ... .. .. 972 ... ... 9

12. Purdue .. .. ... ... .. 24-6 ... .. .. 929 ... ... 14

13. Virginia ... ... ... .. 22-8 ... .. .. 854 ... ... 11

14. Oklahoma St. ... ... .. 23-9 ... .. .. 736 ... ... 19

15. Arizona ... ... ... ... 23-7 ... .. .. 700 ... ... 12

16. Arizona St. ... ... ... 22-8 ... .. .. 638 ... ... 18

17. Oklahoma ... .. ... ... 23-8 ... .. .. 497 ... ... 16

18. Mississippi St. ... ... 20-7 ... .. .. 492 ... ... 15

19. Utah ... ... ... .. ... 27-5 ... .. .. 466 ... ... 22

20. Alabama ... ... ... ... 22-9 ... .. .. 306 ... ... 20

21. W. Kentucky ... ... ... 26-3 ... .. .. 248 ... ... 23

22. Georgetown .. .. .. ... 19-9 ... .. .. 220 ... ... 24

23. Missouri ... ... .. ... 19-8 ... .. .. 202 ... ... 17

24. Iowa St. ... ... .. ... 22-10 .. .. .. 194 ... ... --

25. Syracuse ... ... .. ... 19-9 ... .. .. 103 ... ... 21

Others receiving votes: Oregon 99, Texas 75, Stanford 44, Tulsa 42, Cincinnati 36, Memphis 32, Indiana 22, Florida 16, Penn 12, Georgia Tech 10, St. Louis 10, New Mexico St. 7, Xavier, Ohio 7, Illinois 6, Ball St. 5, Providence 4, S. Illinois 4, Utah St. 3, Minnesota 3, Tulane 2, Santa Clara 2, Brigham Young 1, College of Charleston 1, Long Beach St. 1, Manhattan 1, Nicholls St. 1.

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