FSU among 4 newcomers to AP basketball Top 25

By JIM O’CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press’ college men’s basketball poll for the first time in more than 40 years.

The Wildcats, last ranked in January 1969, were one of four newcomers to move into the poll Monday along with Florida State and Wisconsin, both of whom were ranked earlier this season, and UAB, which is in the Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of 2005-06.

With Kansas again a runaway choice at No. 1, the top eight teams in the poll remained the same for the third straight week. The Jayhawks received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, while No. 2 Texas had 11 and No.3 Kentucky and No. 5 Syracuse got one each.

Florida, Texas A&M, Butler and Gonzaga all fell from the rankings.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record   Points  Pvs.
1. Kansas (52) 11-0 1,607 1
2. Texas (11) 11-0  1,556 
3. Kentucky (1) 13-0  1,476 
4. Purdue 11-0 1,407 4
5. Syracuse (1) 12-0 1,398 5
6. West Virginia 10-0 1,309 6
7. Duke 9-1 1,241 7
8. Villanova 11-1 1,177 8
9. North Carolina 9-3 1,033 10
10. Connecticut 9-2 1,002 11
11. Michigan St. 9-3 910 9
12. Kansas St. 11-1 892 12
13. Georgetown 9-1 813 14
14. Tennessee 9-2 664 16
15. Ohio St. 10-2 605 17
16. Mississippi 10-2 544 15
17. Washington 9-2 490 22
18. Temple 9-2 403 21
19. New Mexico 12-1 352 13
20. Texas Tech 10-1 334 23
21. Clemson 11-2 300 24
22. Florida St. 11-2 252
23. Wisconsin 10-2 180
24. UAB 11-1 178
25. Northwestern 10-1 144

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 129, Georgia Tech 102, Dayton 94, Texas A&M 91, Florida 76, Miami 60, BYU 55, Oklahoma St. 37, Wichita St. 35, Southern Cal 27, UNLV 26, Butler 19, Memphis 16, Mississippi St. 13, Wake Forest 12, St. John’s 10, Baylor 7, California 7, Cincinnati 7, Virginia Tech 7, Cornell 5, Missouri St. 5, N. Iowa 5, Rhode Island 5, William & Mary 5, Seton Hall 2, Army 1.