Originally created 11/27/01

Same two on top but three newcomers to Top 25



Duke and Illinois stayed 1-2 in the AP college basketball poll Monday, while three teams that reached championship games of preseason tournaments moved into the rankings for the first time this season.

The Blue Devils (4-0), who opened defense of their national championship last week by winning the Maui Invitational and beating Portland, stayed No. 1 with 67 first-place votes and 1,747 points from the national media panel.

The Fighting Illini (5-0), who won four games last week in taking the Las Vegas Invitational, stayed second, receiving the other three No. 1 votes and 1,672 points.

The three new teams in the rankings were Ball State, which came in at No. 16 after its impressive run in the Maui Invitational; Marquette, which moved in as No. 23 after winning the Great Alaska Shootout; and Wake Forest, which held the 25th spot after reaching the finals of the Preseason NIT.

Missouri, which won the inaugural Guardians Classic, moved up two spots to No. 3, while Arizona, which didn't play last week, moved from eighth to No. 4.

Maryland and Florida each moved up one place to fifth and sixth, while Iowa, Kansas, Virginia and UCLA rounded out the Top Ten.

Stanford was 11th, followed in the Second Ten by Syracuse, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Boston College, Ball State, Western Kentucky, Georgetown, Saint Joseph's and Memphis.

The last five ranked teams were Alabama, Michigan State, Marquette, Fresno State and Wake Forest.

Ball State, which was last ranked in the 1988-89 season, opened the Maui Invitational with a win over then-No. 4 Kansas. The Cardinals (2-1) then beat then-No. 3 UCLA before losing 83-71 to Duke in the title game.

Marquette (5-0) beat Tennessee, Indiana and Gonzaga in winning the Great Alaska Shootout and moved into the Top 25 for the first time since a three-week run in 1997-98.

Wake Forest (4-1) beat Fresno State in the Preseason NIT semifinals, then lost 74-67 to Syracuse in the title game. The Demon Deacons were ranked all of last season, getting as high as No. 4.

Indiana (3-1) was the only team that played last week to fall out of the rankings. The Hoosiers, who were 20th last week, sandwiched wins over Alaska-Anchorage and Texas around the Great Alaska Shootout semifinal loss to Marquette.

Southern California (1-1) and Temple (0-2) were 24th and 25th last week and both fell out despite not playing. Southern California lost to Fresno State in the second round of the Preseason NIT, while Temple lost to Florida and Maryland in the season-opening Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Of the preseason Top Ten, only Duke, Illinois and Missouri managed to stay unbeaten through the Thanksgiving Weekend.



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