|Racers still riding perfection up poll |
|Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:00 pm |
|By The Associated Press |
And then there were two.
One is The One. The other keeps moving up.
Syracuse is a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the sixth straight week, while Murray State has climbed to No. 12 in the men’s college basketball poll.
The Orange, one of three unbeatens entering play Monday, received 60 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Kentucky was second with four first-place votes, followed by Baylor, which got its first No. 1 vote this season on the day it lost for the first time this season, 92-74 to Kansas.
Duke and Missouri moved up four places to fourth and fifth, while Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State and Georgetown round out the top 10.
Unbeaten Murray State moved from No. 15 to No. 12 after running its record to a school-best 18-0 following an 82-74 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Illinois moved in at No. 22. Saint Mary’s, Calif. is No. 24, its first appearance this season.
Gonzaga and Seton Hall dropped out of the poll.
Murray State has turned its season into a rewrite of the school’s record book. The 18 straight wins to open the season is the most in school history and also ranks as the longest winning streak during any portion of a single season.
The Racers are three wins shy of the longest winning streak in Ohio Valley Conference history, the 21 mark set twice by former member Western Kentucky.
Saturday’s win at home was played out in front of 8,691 fans, the largest crowd in the 14-year history of the CFSB Center. It marked the third time the Racers have played in front of more than 8,000 fans on their home floor.
Senior guard Donte Poole scored a career-best 28 points and has been named the league’s Player of the Week, while guard Zay Jackson was named the OVC’s Freshman of the Week. Published in The Messenger 1.17.12