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Men's Basketball

Jan. 25, 1998

MSU Cracks AP and USA Today/ESPN Basketball Polls

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State, alone atop the Big Ten basketball standings at 6-1, makes its first appearance in the national polls since the end of the 1994-95 season.

The Spartans are currently ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

AP Top 25
Through games of January 25th
The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll,
with number of first-place votes and this season's
records in parentheses, total points and
last week's ranking:
Rk Team             Record   Pts Pvs
1. Duke (47)          18-1 1,724  1
2. North Carolina (8) 20-1 1,686  2
3. Utah (2)           17-0 1,527  4
4. Stanford (1)       18-0 1,511  5
5. Kansas (2)         22-2 1,474  3
6. Arizona            17-3 1,450  6
7. Kentucky           18-2 1,389  7
8. UCLA               15-3 1,169  9
9. Connecticut        17-3 1,128  8
10. Purdue            17-4 1,084 12
11. Princeton         13-1 1,050 11
12. Mississippi       14-2   985 13
13. South Carolina    13-3   832 14
14. New Mexico        14-3   772 17
15. Arkansas          16-3   739 18
16. Iowa              15-4   637 10
17. West Virginia     17-3   528 23
18. Cincinnati        15-2   502 21
19. Michigan          15-5   483 16
20. Syracuse          15-4   341 15
21. Rhode Island      13-4   284 22
22. Michigan St       13-4   266 --
23. Maryland          12-6   250 --
24. Xavier            12-5   173 19
25. Indiana           14-5   153 --
Others Receiving Votes
Geo Washington 134, Florida St 120, TCU 82,
Massachusetts 36, Oklahoma 28, Clemson 24,
St Johns 23, Ball St 21, Hawaii 21, Washington 18,
Illinois 12, Colorado St 11, Florida 11, Missouri 10,
Georgia 9, Oklahoma St 9, Tennessee 8, Murray St 7,
Saint Louis 4, Western Michigan 4, Dayton 3,
Illinois Chi 3, Santa Clara 3, Temple 3,
Utah St 3, Vanderbilt 3, Georgia Tech 2,
Coll of Charltn 1.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball coaches'
poll, with number of first-place votes and record in
parentheses, total points and last week's ranking:
Rk Team               Record Pts Pvs
1. Duke (19)           18-1  736   1
2. North Carolina (6)  20-1  722   2
3. Utah (3)            17-0  675   4
4. Kansas              22-3  647   3
5. Stanford (2)        18-0  640   6
6. Arizona             16-4  617   5
7. Kentucky            18-2  578   7
8. Connecticut         17-3  512   8
9. UCLA                15-3  492  10
10. Purdue             17-4  466   9
11. Princeton          13-1  463  11
12. Mississippi        14-2  401  14
13. New Mexico         14-3  384  13
14. South Carolina     13-3  327  17
15. Arkansas           16-3  292  19
16. Iowa               15-4  270  12
17. Michigan           15-5  241  16
18. Syracuse           15-4  225  15
19. West Virginia      17-3  207  21
20. Cincinnati         15-2  159  25
21. Rhode Island       13-4  117  22
22. Xavier             12-5   92  18
23. Florida St.        14-6   79  20
24. Maryland           12-6   71  NR
25. Michigan State     13-4   69  NR
Others Receiving Votes
Clemson 50, Indiana 44, George Washington 36,
Hawaii 36, Oklahoma State 19, Massachusetts 13,
Miami, Fla. 11, Utah St. 11, Texas Christian 8,
Iona 5, South Alabama 5, Ball St. 4, Detroit Mercy 4,
Illinois-Chicago 4, Oklahoma 4, Temple 4, 
Illinois St. 2, St. John's 2, Western Michigan 2,
Dayton 1, Illinois 1, Marquette 1,
Missouri 1.
Dropped from Rankings
Clemson (12-7), Hawaii (13-4)

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