Originally created 11/25/03

Just two changes in Top 25



The opening of the regular season brought little change to the Top 25.

After a week in which 14 ranked teams played their first games of the season, the only changes in The Associated Press' weekly poll Monday were a couple of position swaps.

The first 17 teams held their spots from last week's poll and the only changes were Wake Forest and Cincinnati at 18 and 19 and Oklahoma State and North Carolina State at 24 and 25.

Teams were allowed to play their first regular-season games last Friday. Before that, they were only allowed to play in exempt events such as Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Connecticut, which opened the season this week with wins over Yale, Nevada and Sacred Heart, was again the runaway No. 1. The Huskies received 69 first-place votes and 1,797 points from the national media panel.

Duke, which beat Detroit, was No. 1 on one ballot and had 1,666 points. Michigan State, a winner over Bucknell in its season opener, also had a first-place vote and was third.

Arizona and Missouri were fourth and fifth, respectively, while Kansas, the only other team with a No. 1 vote, was sixth.

Syracuse, Florida, North Carolina and Kentucky rounded out the Top 10. Texas was 11th followed by Illinois, Saint Joseph's, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Louisville, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Stanford.

The last five ranked teams were Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Oklahoma State and North Carolina State.

There haven't been any changes in the rankings from the preseason Top 25.

That could change this week with the last six of the ranked teams playing their first games: Arizona, Missouri, Syracuse, Florida, Louisville and Notre Dame.

The season's first Top 10 matchups will be this week with No. 3 Michigan State at No. 6 Kansas on Tuesday night and No. 4 Arizona facing No. 8 Florida on Friday night in the Tipoff Classic in Springfield, Mass.