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December 4, 2006 at 12:03 PM

Huskies still No. 13

The new polls are out and the Huskies remain No. 13 in the AP poll this week
Here, as always, is my poll, ready and available for your bows and arrows.
1, UCLA
2, Pittsburgh
3, Alabama
4, North Carolina
5, Ohio State
6, LSU
7, Texas A&M
8, Duke
9, Arizona
10, Florida
11, Wichita State
12, Wisconsin
13, Gonzaga
14, Memphis
15, Butler
16, Kansas
17, Connecticut
18, Washington
19, Nevada
20, Oregon
21, Syracuse
22, Marquette
23, Texas
24, Maryland
25, Missouri
I moved UCLA to No. 1 after Ohio State’s loss to North Carolina, though now that Greg Oden is in the lineup, the Buckeyes may soon again be the country’s top team — on the court, anyway, if not in the rankings.
As you can see, I moved UW down four spots and Gonzaga up 11 after the Bulldogs beat Texas (and got some more oomph out of their win over North Carolina with the Tar Heels’ win over Ohio State) and after the Huskies again looked a little less than awe-inspiring against an over-matched foe — this time, Idaho.
My other big moves were Wichita State and Oregon, each of which got road wins against ranked teams. I think everyone keeps forgetting that Wichita State was in the Sweet 16 a year ago and returns four starters from that squad, so it’s hardly a surprise that the Shockers are good again this season.
As for Oregon, the Ducks look like they could be legit contenders in the Pac-10 this season. They are still not at full health (Malik Hairston’s still somewhat limited in his play) and have a favorable schedule that means the Ducks could be 14-0 when they host UCLA on Jan. 6.
I see I was one of the few to leave Texas in the poll. But the Longhorns’ losses are a two-pointer at Michigan State and the defeat to Gonzaga, so I didn’t think they deserved moving completely out.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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