MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25

Duke joins its women at No. 1


Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 12:25 a.m.
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Duke's Dahntay Jones dunks earlier this week against Fairfield. The Blue Devils took over the top spot in the AP poll after Alabama lost to Utah earlier in the week.

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  • Florida moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 to No. 11 and up one spot in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 to No. 12.

  • Duke jumped to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 Monday, joining the Blue Devils' women atop the rankings. Connecticut is the only other school to have held the top spots simultaneously.
    Another milestone for Duke's men: This is the sixth consecutive season they have reached No. 1. Only UCLA's dynasty of the 1960s and 1970s had a longer run of seasons with at least one appearance atop the men's poll - 12 straight.
    "We don't really pay attention to our No. 1 ranking," Duke forward Dahntay Jones said. "We just make sure we get better on a weekly basis, and whatever you rank us is whatever you rank us."
    The Blue Devils moved up from No. 3, taking advantage of losses last week by the teams ahead of them, Alabama and Pittsburgh.
    Duke (9-0), which beat Fairfield and Clemson, received 54 first-place votes and 1,778 points from the national media panel.
    Arizona (9-1), No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first five weeks of the regular season, moved from fourth to second. The Wildcats, who won at Oregon and Oregon State, were No. 1 on 15 ballots and had 1,714 points.
    Connecticut (9-0) climbed two spots to No. 3 - the same spot its women's team holds - and received one first-place vote.
    Alabama (10-1), No. 1 the last two weeks, dropped to fourth after a 51-49 loss at Utah. Notre Dame went from sixth to fifth, while Pittsburgh dropped from second to sixth because of a 79-67 loss at Georgia.
    Mississippi State (10-1) had the two other first-place votes and was No. 7. Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois rounded out the Top 10.
    While Duke's women never had been No. 1 before this season - they have been atop the AP poll since the preseason - the men's team now has 91 weeks in the top spot, second only to UCLA's 128.

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