College Basketball Roundup: Tar Heels still No. 1 in poll
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The top four teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll held their places from last week. The bottom of the Top 25, however, had three new teams.
North Carolina was again a unanimous No. 1. Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma stayed second through fourth.
Minnesota moved in at No. 23, the Gophers’ first appearance in the poll since 2002. No. 24 Michigan was ranked for the first time since 2006. No. 25 Missouri was in the Top 25 for the first time since 2003.
Davidson, Memphis and Marquette dropped out of the poll.
HOUSTON ó Freshman Willie Warren scored a career-high 31 points and Blake Griffin added 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Oklahoma over Rice 70-58 on Monday night.
No. 8 Notre Dame 81, Savannah St. 49
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ó Luke Harangody had 23 points and 13 rebounds in his worst shooting game of the season for Notre Dame.
No. 10 Purdue 70, IPFW 55
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ó JaJuan Johnson had career highs of 21 points and nine rebounds and blocked three shots for Purdue.
No. 15 Ohio St. 83, UNC-Asheville 59
COLUMBUS, Ohio ó Freshman B.J. Mullens, getting the most playing time of his brief career, scored 19 points to lead Ohio State.
No. 17 Syracuse 82, Coppin St. 71
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Andy Rautins equaled a school record with nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead Syracuse.
No. 18 Villanova 78, Navy 68
VILLANOVA, Pa. ó Dante Cunningham had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Scottie Reynolds added 23 points for Villanova.
No. 21 Baylor 74, Hartford 59
WACO, Texas ó Curtis Jerrells had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Baylor’s first triple-double since Brian Skinner of the Los Angeles Clippers had one on Nov. 29, 1997.
No. 24 Michigan 76, Florida-Gulf Coast 59
ANN ARBOR, Mich. ó DeShawn Sims had 20 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó Landon Milbourne and David Neal each scored 14 points, and Maryland avenged an embarrassing loss to American University with a 67-51 victory Monday night.