First-year Ute head coach Ray Giacoletti has the Utes in the Top 25.
Jan. 24, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah, riding an 11-game winning streak, entered the Associated Press poll released today at No. 25. The Runnin' Utes are 16-3 overall and in first place in the Mountain West Conference with a 4-0 record.
Utah entertains Air Force tonight at 7:05 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Falcons are a half game behind the Utes in the Mountain West standings at 3-0 in league play and 12-6 overall.
Utah was last ranked for two weeks in late February during the 2002-03 season. The Utes, playing under first-year coach Ray Giacoletti, have won 11 straight since losing at Arizona on Dec. 11. Utah has won those 11 games by an average of 19.4 points.
Illinois (19-0) received all but one of the 72 first-place votes from the national media panel. Duke (15-0) received the only other No. 1 nod and moved up two spots to second, replacing Kansas (14-1), which dropped to sixth following its 83-62 loss at Villanova on Saturday.
Duke received 1,704 points, 95 behind Illinois and 130 more than North Carolina, which jumped from sixth to third. Syracuse moved from seventh to fourth, one spot in front of Wake Forest, which fell two places following its overtime loss at Florida State.
Kentucky was seventh, while Boston College (16-0), the only other unbeaten in Division I beside Illinois and Duke, was eighth, up one place from last week.
Oklahoma State, which lost at Texas early last week, dropped four spots to No. 9. Washington was 10th for the second straight week, the Huskies' first appearances in the Top Ten since December 1984.
Arizona led the second 10 and was followed by Louisville, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan State, Texas, Gonzaga, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Pittsburgh.
The last five ranked teams were Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Mississippi State and Utah.
The Runnin' Utes were the lone newcomer to the poll this week, moving in at No. 25 and replacing Marquette, which lost two games last week.