Archive for Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Georgetown back in poll; KU No. 10

December 12, 2000

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The last time Georgetown was in the Associated Press college basketball poll, Allen Iverson and Victor Page were the backcourt and Jerome Williams and Othella Harrington played on the front line.

On Monday, for the first time since they were No. 4 in the final poll of the 1995-96 season, the Hoyas returned to the rankings. They came in at No. 24, with two freshmen starting at forward and Kevin Braswell starting to show his ability to run a team at the point.

Georgetown hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1997, a first-round exit after reaching the final eight the year before.

"If you are ranked over the course of the season there's a good likelihood you'll make the tournament and that's what we're shooting for," Hoyas coach Craig Esherick said Monday. "I told our guys the Top 25 is not a goal of ours in terms of getting into the Top 25, rather to stay there and play well enough to stay there."

The freshmen forwards are leading the Hoyas (7-0) in scoring. Mike Sweetney, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound power forward, is averaging 14.1 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Gerald Riley, who is 6-6 and weighs 205 pounds, is averaging 11 points and four rebounds.

Duke was No. 1 for the third straight week and Michigan State was again second, but there were plenty of changes in the rest of the Top 25.

The Blue Devils (9-0), who beat Davidson 102-60 and Michigan 104-61 last week, received 60 first-place votes and 1,716 points from the national media panel. Michigan State (7-0), which beat Florida last week in a rematch of last season's national championship game, was No. 1 on nine ballots with 1,653 points.

Stanford (6-0) moved up one place to No. 3, while Tennessee (8-0) jumped from sixth to fourth.

Illinois (7-2), the only team in the top six to lose this season, moved from ninth to fifth after rallying from 21 points down to hand Seton Hall its first loss of the season.

Wake Forest (7-0), which beat then-No. 3 Kansas 84-53 Tuesday, had the week's biggest jump, going from 11th to No. 6.

Arizona, which dropped two places after losing at Connecticut, was seventh, followed in the Top Ten by Florida, Seton Hall and Kansas.

Connecticut moved up four spots to lead the Second Ten and was followed by Syracuse, Southern California, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Alabama and Maryland.

The final five ranked teams were Notre Dame, Iowa, Mississippi, Georgetown and Arkansas.

Notre Dame, which lost at home to Indiana and Miami of Ohio last week, had the biggest drop, from 10th to 21st.

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