Pilots' poll place 50 years in making

December 01, 2009

Only once before has the Associated Press college basketball poll changed as much as it did Monday.

Only once before has Portland been in the Top 25.

The No. 25 Pilots were among a record-tying seven teams to move into the rankings, their first appearance in the poll since February 1959.

"I heard that team was quite a squad," Portland coach Eric Reveno said with a laugh. "It's been a while."

Kansas, which had two easy wins last week, was No. 1 for the fourth straight poll, this time falling two votes shy of being unanimous, while Texas and Villanova both moved up one spot to second and third.

The Jayhawks (5-0) had 63 first-place votes from the media panel, while Texas (5-0) - which matched the highest ranking in school history - and No. 8 Syracuse (6-0) each were No. 1 on one ballot.

Texas has been ranked No. 2 for a total of six weeks, the last time early in 2005-06.

This the first time the Big 12, which started in 1996-97, has had the top two teams. The last time it happened to the Big Eight was March 6, 1990, when Oklahoma was No. 1 and Kansas No. 2.

The only time seven new teams entered the poll was Dec. 13, 1955, when it was still a Top 20.

No. 13 Florida, No. 17 Gonzaga and No. 21 Florida State were all ranked last season, while No. 19 Texas A&M was last ranked in 2007-08, No. 24 UNLV in 2006-07 and No. 22 Cincinnati in 2005-06.

•Former Williams College coach Al Shaw died at 102 after suffering a stroke last week. Shaw coached the Ephs from 1949 to '73, had a 302-171 record and took them to the 1955 NCAA tournament.


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