Unbeaten Texas moves up to No. 1 in AP poll
After six weeks ranked No. 2, Texas is now where it has never been before: No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.
Kansas comfortably held the top spot in the preseason poll and for the first eight weeks of the season until yesterday, a day after the Jayhawks lost to Tennessee.
Now it's Texas' turn at No. 1.
"My first thought last night was I didn't know who was No. 1 the second week of January last year, but I do know who won the national championship," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "It is pretty cool for our guys, though. It shows our program has grown to this point and it is a compliment to our program."
In addition to the six weeks at No. 2 this season, Texas was second for five weeks in the 2005-06 season. The Longhorns' first time at No. 1 was a no-doubter.
Texas (15-0) received 56 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky (16-0), which moved up one spot to second and is the only other undefeated Division I team, was No. 1 on nine ballots.
Kansas (14-1) fell to third after the 76-68 loss at Tennessee, which followed a midweek scare from Cornell.
Villanova was ranked No. 4, followed by Syracuse, Purdue, Michigan State, Duke, Tennessee and West Virginia.
WOMEN'S AP POLL
GEORGETOWN GETS IN
Off to its best start in 30 years, Georgetown is back in the Top 25.
The Hoyas are ranked 24th in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, their second trip to the Top 25.
Connecticut again was the unanimous choice as the top team, receiving 40 first-place votes from a national media panel yesterday. It's the 34th straight week the Huskies are No. 1, and they moved within two of the record set by Louisiana Tech from 1980-82.
Stanford remained No. 2 with Notre Dame, Tennessee and Ohio State rounding out the top five.
The Huskies will try for their 55th straight win tomorrow at Marquette. That would be the second longest streak in women's basketball history. UConn (15-0) then has a showdown with No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Georgetown (13-2) has won 12 straight games since losing to Dayton on Nov. 20. The Hoyas only other appearance in the Top 25 was for one week in 1993 when they were 25th.
MEN'S TOP 25
No. 4 Villanova 92, Louisville 84: Scottie Reynolds scored a season-high 36 points, including a game-clinching layup in the final minute, to lead visiting Villanova (15-1, 4-0 Big East) past Louisville (12-5,3-1). Reynolds was nearly perfect, going9 of 10 from the field, including making all five of his 3-point attempts, as the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals.
Louisiana Tech 79, Boise State 64: Magnum Rolle scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead visiting Louisiana Tech (16-2, 4-0) over Boise State (9-8, 0-4). Nursing a small lead for most of the second half, Louisiana Tech broke the game open with some sharp outside shooting. Jamel Guyton hit a pair of 3-pointers on consecutive possessions before Kyle Gibson added a 3-pointer to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 64-53 with 8:40 to go.
New Mexico State 75, Idaho 72: Jahmar Young was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 19 of his game-high 31 points in the final 7:36 to lead visiting New Mexico State (10-7, 3-1) past Idaho (8-7, 1-3). With just over seven minutes remaining, New Mexico State trailed 54-51, but Young took over the game and scored all but four of the Aggies' final 24 points.
Fresno State 80, San Jose State 70: Paul George scored 29 points, including 10 straight in the second half, to carry host Fresno State (10-7, 3-0) over San Jose State (8-7, 1-2). Sylvester Seay added 19 for Fresno State and Mike Ladd had 15.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer broke his left wrist in Saturday's win against Purdue and is out indefinitely. Leuer, a junior, has started all 16 games for No. 13 Wisconsin and has been the Badgers' second-leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points along with a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game.
DePaul: Jerry Wainwright was fired yesterday as the basketball coach at DePaul, which has lost 22 straight regular-season games in the Big East Conference. He was replaced on an interim basis by assistant Tracy Webster. The Blue Demons are 7-8 and 0-3 in the Big East this season, Wainwright's fifth at DePaul. He has two years left on his contract after this season.
WOMEN'S TOP 25
No. 21 Georgia Tech 72, Clemson 58: Brigitte Ardossi scored 19 points and Mo Bennett added 15 as host Georgia Tech (14-3, 1-1 ACC) beat Clemson (9-9, 0-2). The Yellow Jackets took command with a 14-2 run to start the second half, pushing their lead to 49-31.
Maryland 61, No. 23 Virginia 60: Lori Bjork scored 20 points, and Lynetta Kizer had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help visiting Maryland (13-3, 1-1 ACC) beat Virginia (11-4, 0-1). Virginia's Monica Wright scored 20 points to pass Dawn Staley (2,135) as the women's career scoring leader in Virginia history. Wright had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but was defended very closely and no foul was called.