BuffCountry.com Men's Top 25 Poll 01/19/04

This week's top 25 as voted upon by the fans of Buffcountry.com. We take a look at who is on the fringe, who is caught flopping, and the bottom of the barrel. We also look at where CU ranks, where CU's opponents rank, the Big 12 rankings, and regional rankings.

1. UCONN
The Huskies retain the top spot in this week's poll, despite suffering their second loss of the season Saturday night to North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Connecticut remains perfect in Big East play, but the loss shattered an 11-game winning streak.
Last Week: Unchanged

2. Pittsburgh
For the third consecutive game, Pitt trailed at half to an opponent before coming back to defeat Rutgers 59-49 Saturday night. Senior point guard Jaron Brown led the Panther comeback, dropping a game-high 19-points in keeping his team undefeated.
Last Week: Unchanged

3. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders claimed their tenth win of the season Saturday night over Baylor in Waco. The Red Raiders lost at Baylor last season, a defeat that ultimately cost them an NCAA at-large bid.
Last Week: Unchanged

4. Syracuse
Freshman Louie McCroskey has taken advantage of an opening allowed by head coach Jim Boeheim this past week, earning himself some serious playing time in the process. The true frosh has shot 40 percent from the field in 12.0 minutes per game for the Orange.
Last Week: 11th

5. Gonzaga
The Zags came away with a decisive 75-61 victory over Saint Mary's (CA), the team expected to be their strongest conference challenger. The teams meet again Feb. 14 in Moraga.
Last Week: 4th

6. Utah
After shooting 53.2 percent in their last seven games, the Utes made only 40.8 percent in their 60-49 victory over Wyoming Saturday night.
Last Week: Unchanged

7. Kansas
Led by Keith Langford's 7-for-8 shooting for 21 points, Kansas was able to hold off a late comeback and top the Aggies 71-65 at Reed Arena Saturday night in College Station.
Last Week: 21st

8. Kentucky
After last Saturday's 84-63 home loss to South Carolina, Georgia head coach Dennis Felton gave his teams three days off prior to the Bulldogs' upset of the previously undefeated Wildcats a week later.
Last Week: 9th

9. Georgia Tech
We haven't lost total faith in our former No. 1 team (at least on this list), but back-to-back road losses must be followed up with ACC wins at home.
Last Week: 5th

10. Creighton
In their final 10 possessions of the first half of their upset of Creighton Saturday, Northern Iowa made 6 of 7 shots. The Panthers also made all four of its free throws in the surge that covered the final six minutes of the opening half.
Last Week: 14th

11. Lafayette
The Panthers climbed 16 spots in this week's poll following a 60-58 overtime road win over Holy Cross Saturday night.
Last Week: 25th

12. Arizona
Head coach Lute Olson claimed his 510th victory with the school Saturday, becoming the winningest head coach in school history. "The milestone is good, but the biggest thing is we were in serious shape coming in here with two (conference) losses this early," Olson said.
Last Week: 18th

13. South Carolina
USC's shooting 63.6 percent from the floor buried Tennessee early and padded the lead late in an 85-64 Southeastern Conference win before a record crowd of 17,806 at the Colonial Center Saturday.
Last Week: 10th

14. Louisville
Louisville assistant basketball coach Kevin Willard was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The 28-year-old was taken into custody about five hours after Louisville's victory win over Tulane at Freedom Hall.
Last Week: 16th

15. Iowa State
Colorado held coach Wayne Morgan's squad to a season-low 37 percent shooting and just 29 points in the second half in the Buffaloes' 88-70 victory over the Cyclones in Saturday night's Big 12 showdown.
Last Week: Unchanged

16. Vermont
Vermont improved to a perfect 6-0 in the American East Conference with their 59-57 victory over Boston U. Saturday night in Beantown.
Last Week: Unranked

17. Saint Joseph's
The story of SJ's 83-71 win over Xavier Saturday night was the individual play of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, who accounted for 61 of Saint Joseph's 81 points, or 75.3 percent.
Last Week: Unranked

18. Duke
Duke didn't do much during this edition of the poll; neither did they have the chance to impress us as much as those above. Still, we strongly imagine they will this week.
Last Week: Unranked

19. Boston College
Craig Smith scored 26 points, 14 in the second half, and pulled down nine rebounds as the Eagles overcame an 11-point deficit at the Conte Forum to hand Boston College its second consecutive defeat, 72-63, Saturday.
Last Week: 17th

20. Dayton
Center Sean Finn contributed 13 points and six rebounds and forward Keith Waleskowski had 12 points and four rebounds for Dayton, which retained sole possession of first place in the A-10 West Division with their win over Fordham.
Last Week: Unranked

21. Western Michigan
Western has gone on the road to beat Arizona State, beat UAB on a neutral court, and crushed USC at home to open the season, giving the Broncos an edge in early selection committee consideration.
Last Week: Unranked

22. High Point
The Point claimed a solid five-point victory over Radford to rebound from their sole conference loss to Liberty on Jan. 10.
Last Week: 24th

23. Arkansas State
The Indians have three starters scoring better than 13 points per game.
Last Week: 8th

24. Oklahoma State
Senior guard Tony Allen, averaging better than 15 points per game for OSU this season, scored 13 after shooting 6-14 in the Cowboys' 57-56 victory over Kansas State Saturday.
Last Week: Unranked

25. Stanford
Cal's comeback bid fell short, and Stanford held on for a 68-61 victory in front of 7,391 at Maples Pavilion Saturday, making the Cardinal just one of two teams in this week's poll left undefeated.
Last Week: 13th

Caught Flopping

Rhode Island
The Rams fell to 1-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference play after opening the season 11-3 overall and ranked 19th in our poll last week before dropping three straight to Xavier, Temple, and Saint Bonaventure by a combined margin of 24 last week.

On The Fringe

Niagara
The Hawks may well have been listed in this week's top quarter if not for a tough road loss to Rider Sunday.

Mississippi State
The 14-1 Bulldogs will have no choice but to get our attention if they can perform against Florida in Gainesville Wednesday night.

Florida
The Gators suffered a tough loss to Vanderbilt Saturday, and it's not going to get much easier from here.

Potential 16th Seeds

Ohio State (9-7; 1-2 Big 10), Manhattan (11-3; 6-0 MAAC), Providence (10-3; 2-1 Big East), Oregon (8-4; 3-2 PAC-10)

Across The Board

Regionally…

Colorado (37th), Air Force (43rd), Denver (92nd), Colorado State (145th) The Big 12… Texas Tech (3rd), Kansas (7th), Iowa State (15th), Oklahoma State (24th), Texas (34th), Colorado (37th), Nebraska (98th), Oklahoma (133rd), Missouri (139th), Kansas State (161st), Texas A&M (217th), Baylor (288th)

CU's schedule…

Utah (6th), Northwestern (123rd), Oregon State (144th), Pepperdine (209th), Richmond (225th), Cal (233rd), Tennessee State (249th), Cal-Poly (259th), Savannah State (323rd)

Bottom of the Barrel

Alabama State (3-11; 1-4 SWAC), Charleston Southern (3-13; 0-5 Big South), Saint John's (4-10; 0-4 Big East)

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