Saturday, December 31, 2011

Video: UK Coach John Calipari on defeating Louisville Dec. 31, 2011

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari speaks following the Wildcats' 69-62 victory over the Louisville Cardinals. Dec. 31, 2011. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Anthony Davis on Cats' win over Cards

Anthony Davis on Cats' win over Cards. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about his game after beating Louisville

More from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about his game after beating Louisville. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Calipari has no beef with Pitino

Calipari has no beef with Pitino. Video courtesy of WTVQ.com

Friday, December 30, 2011

Video: UK Coach John Calipari previews UK-UL 2011

UK Coach John Calipari previews UK-UL 2011. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Doron Lamb previews UK-UL 2011

Doron Lamb previews UK-UL 2011. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Darius Miller previews UK-UL 2011

Darius Miller previews UK-UL 2011. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Anthony Davis previews UK-UL 2011

Anthony Davis previews UK-UL 2011. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Kentucky vs. Louisville Edition Bozich & Crawford

Kentucky vs. Louisville edition - Bozich & Crawford: The annual Battle of the Bluegrass is Saturday at noon in Rupp Arena as Kentucky takes on in-state rival Louisville. Who will win? What are the keys to the game? And who has the edge position-by-position? Bozich, Crawford, Brown and Tucker weigh in. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kentucky vs Louisville......A Preview

Lwcat
Administrator

Kentucky vs Louisville
12/31/11 (Saturday 12PM-EST/11AM-CST) CBS
UK leads the series 28-14.

Louisville Cardinals

Location: Louisville, KY
Enrollment: 24,000
Arena: 22,000

Head Coach: Rick Pitino
Career Record: 597-220 (73.1%) 25 seasons
At UL: 245-96 (71.8%) 10 seasons

2010-11 Record: 25-10
2010-11 Big East Record: 12-6
Postseason: NCAA-0-1 Lost in 2nd round

2011-12 Record: 12-1

UL 83 Tenn-Martin 48
UL 68 Lamar 48
UL 69 Butler 53
UL 54 Arkansas St. 27
UL 59 Ohio U. 54
UL 79 Long Beach St. 66
UL 62 Vandy 60 (OT)
UL 90 IUPUI 60
UL 80 Farleigh Dickinson 58
UL 95 Memphis 87
UL 69 College of Charleston 62
UL 70 Western Ky. 60
Georgetown 71 UL 68

UL Stats

PPG-73.2
FG%-44.1%
3 PT%-32.0% (5.9PG)
FT%-68.7%
RPG-41.2 (+6.8PG)
APG-14.3
TO’s-14.5
SPG-9.3
BPG-4.8

UK Stats

PPG-82.2
FG%-49.9%
3 PT%-36.7% (6.0PG)
FT%-69.2%
RPG-41.3 (+7.5PG)
APG-14.7
TO’s-12.3
SPG-7.5
BPG-9.3

Probable Starting Lineup

Kyle Kuric-F 6’4” Sr…………………….….13.3 PPG
Chane Behanan- F 6’7” Fr………………..….8.8 PPG
Gorgui Dieng-C 6’10” Soph…………………10.8 PPG
Peyton Siva-G 5’11” Jr…………………..…..9.0 PPG
Chris Smith-G 6’2” Sr……………………….10.4 PPG

Other Key Players

Russ Smith-G 6’0” Soph…………………….10.5 PPG
Rakeem Buckles-F 6’8” Jr……………………5.8 PPG
Jared Swopshire-F 6’8” Jr…………………….5.0 PPG

Is Louisville truly a top 10 team? Well, it’s difficult to say this early as all but one UL game has been played at home. However, it’s fair to say that coach Pitino has done another stellar coaching job overcoming several key injuries. UL starts two seniors and a junior and often brings two more juniors off the bench. Importantly, six UL players average at or very near double figures.

The Cards are led in scoring by senior Kyle Kuric who is shooting 50.4% from the field and 33.9% from the perimeter. UL gets great inside rebounding from both sophomore Gorgui Dieng and freshman Chane Behanan. Dieng has showed solid improvement over his freshman year both offensively and defensively. Dieng is averaging 10.2 rebounds PG and gets an equal number of rebounds off the offensive boards for put backs….and he also has 35 blocks. Behanan is a very physical player at 250lbs…..he is tough in the paint and garners 8 boards PG.

Peyton Siva leads the team in assists with 5 plus PG. His running mate at guard is Chris Smith who is the Cards leading 3 point shooter hitting 40%. Russ Smith also sees a lot of minutes at guard and shoots 38.2% from the perimeter.

Certainly, a trademark of many Pitino teams is the press and this UL team often goes to a very effective press. Thus far….they average over 9 steals PG with Russ Smith leading with 27 steals this season…..however, Kuric Chris Smith and Siva also are good at stealing the ball.

This is a gutsy UL team with experience and quickness….and they play hard for coach Pitino. This team is good at coming from behind and they seem to be able to make key baskets when needed. This is a very good UL team!

UK faces it’s 3rd rivalry game of the year….1st a big win over NC….then a heartbreaking one point loss to IU…..and now UK’s number one rival comes calling to Rupp arena.

The Cats hope that Terrence Jones is ready to bring his A game to the floor. Certainly, UK will need Jones to be strong in the paint and on the boards.

It will be extremely important for UK to handle the tough UL press. Teague must effectively run the offense and avoid costly TO’s. The Cats will need Lamb and Miller to make perimeter shots. Of course, Davis will need to play tough defense without getting into foul trouble. As always, big games come down to playing tough defense, effectively running the offense and winning the battle of the boards. Of course, making free throws is often the difference in winning and losing.

This should be a great game and I see a UK win by 7 points. GO CATS!

Video: The Rivalry: Episode Two (Louisville vs. Kentucky Basketball)

December 31, 2011 could end up being one of the greatest games ever played between UofL and UK. Both started the season strong...both are now in the Top 5. Enjoy Episode Two of The Rivalry

Video: The Rivalry: Episode One (Louisville vs. Kentucky Basketball)

Both UK and UofL are poised for an enormous season in College Basketball. The future looks bright, but the fan-bases are always discussing the past. Episode One is a brief history of the UK-UofL rivalry. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Video: John Calipari Post-Lamar Press Conference

UK Coach Cal was not happy after the win over Lamar. Video courtesy of uknationofblue

Video: Terrence Jones Post-Lamar Interview

UK sophomore Terrence Jones talks to the media for the first time since the Indiana game. Video courtesy of uknationofblue.

Video: Darius Miller Post-Lamar Interview

UK senior Darius Miller talks about upcoming game with Louisville and how well he shot the ball vs. Lamar. Video courtesy of uknationofblue

Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Post-Lamar Interview

UK freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talks about making Coach Cal happy and trying to learn not to foul so much. Video courtesy of uknationofblue

Video: Marquis Teague Post-Lamar Interview

UK freshman PG Marquis Teague talks about the upcoming game with Louisville. Video courtesy of uknationofblue

Video: Lamar Coach Pat Knight post UK-Lamar Interview

Pat Knight talks about losing to Kentucky and how good they are. Video courtesy of uknationofblue

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Video: UK Coach Calipari previews UK-Lamar Interview

John Calipari previews UK-Lamar. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com.

Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist previews UK-Lamar Interview

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist previews UK-Lamar. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com.

Video: Kyle Wiltjer previews UK-Lamar Interview

Kyle Wiltjer previews UK-Lamar Interview. Courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: UK Hoops Coach Mitchell pre MTSU interview

UK Hoops Head Coach Matthew Mitchell talked to the media the day before his team travels to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee State University. Videos courtesy of uksportsinfo.







NCAA Women's Top 25 Poll 12/27/11

AP Top 25

1. Baylor (40)
2. Connecticut
3. Notre Dame
4. Stanford
5. Maryland
6. Kentucky
7. Tennessee
8. Duke
9. Ohio St.
10. Texas A&M
11. Rutgers
12. Miami (FL)
13. Texas Tech
14. Louisville
15. Georgetown
16. Penn St.
17. Georgia
18. Green Bay
19. Delaware
20. Purdue
21. DePaul
22. Texas
23. Nebraska
24. North Carolina
25. Vanderbilt

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 28, Gonzaga 28, California 22, LSU 14, South Carolina 10, Arkansas 7, Georgia Tech 4, BYU 2, St. Bonaventure 1, Kansas 1, Northwestern 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Baylor (30)
2. Connecticut (1)
3. Notre Dame
4. Stanford
5. Maryland
6. Kentucky
7. Duke
8. Tennessee
9. Texas A&M
10. Miami (FL)
11. Rutgers
12. Ohio St.
13. Louisville
14. Green Bay
15. Georgia
16. Georgetown
17. Penn St.
18. Texas Tech
19. DePaul
20. Delaware
21. Vanderbilt
22. Purdue
23. North Carolina
24. Gonzaga
25. Texas

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska 32, Kansas 15, Georgia Tech 13, California 10, Michigan 8, South Carolina 3, Villanova 1, BYU 1, Duquesne 1

Kentucky vs Lamar......A Preview

Lwcat
WT Administrator


Kentucky vs Lamar 12/28/11 (Wednesday 8PM) ESPNU
UK leads the series 2-0.

Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference)

Location: Beaumont, TX
Enrollment: 14,388
Arena: 10,088

Head Coach: Pat Knight
Career Record: 50-61 (45.0%) 3 seasons at Texas Tech
First year at Lamar


2010-11 Record: 13-17
Southland Conf: 7-9
Postseason: None


2011-12 Record: 8-4


Lamar 65 Arkansas St. 62
Louisville 68 Lamar 48
Ohio U 85 Lamar 78 (OT)
Lamar 72 Charlotte 54
Lamar 80 Tenn-Martin 69
Lamar 85 Tenn Tech 65
TCU 77 Lamar 72
Lamar 80 Louisiana-Lafayette 63
Lamar 60 Texas-Pan American 49
Lamar 88 Houston-Tillotson 59
Lamar 87 Rice 81
Ohio St. 70 Lamar 50


Lamar Stats


PPG-72.1
FG%-40.4%
3 PT%-32.3% (4.3PG)
FT%-74.2%
RPG-42.3 (+6.9PG)
APG-13.3
TO’s-14.2
SPG-7.8
BPG-5.1


Probable Starting Lineup


Charles Harper-F 6’5” Sr……………………10.8 PPG
Stan Brown-F 6’8” Jr………………………..3.8 PPG
Anthony Miles-G 6’0” Sr……………………15.1 PPG
Daron Lamb-G 6’2” Sr………………………11.0 PPG
Mike James-G 6’1” Sr………………………..13.3 PPG


It will be interesting to see Pat Knight, Bob Knight’s son, bring his Lamar team into Rupp arena….particulary since Bob Knight has essentially hated anything to do with UK going all the way back to Rupp. We all remember Knight making out and out lies regarding last season’s UK basketball team academics and was forced to make a half hearted apology. Pat followed his Dad as coach at Texas Tech and was a failure….it is likely that this might be Pat Knight’s last chance to prove he can be an effective HC.


Pat Knight has inherited a veteran Lamar team….losing only one starter from last year’s team. The Cardinals start 4 seniors and a junior…and substitute other veterans. Lamar is not a tall team, but they are very athletic and quick….and are out rebounding their opponents. The Cards have two of their loses to top 5 opponents in UL and OSU. Lamar is not a great shooting team….40% from the field and 32% from the perimeter…. and that has hurt them in some of their losses. Lamar does have one outstanding 3 point shooter and that is Anthony Miles who has hit 13-25 for 52%. Miles also leads the team in assists with 47. Harper, who is only 6’5” and Deron Lamb only 6’2” lead the team in rebounds averaging 7.4 RPG and 8.7RPG respectively. Lamb also leads in steals with 23.


Lamar can be a very dangerous opponent if they start making shots…..as they bring experience and quickness to the floor. They also can bring in experience and more height off the bench. I watched Lamar play OSU and although OSU had a so so offensive game…they played great defense against Lamar.


UK is hoping to see Terrence Jones back on the floor against Lamar as this is the last game before the Cats big game against UL. There has been a great benefit of Jones injury in that Wiltjer has garnered some very valuable playing time. UK had a solid game against Loyola Md., but except for Wiltjer….the Cats struggled from the perimeter.


We have recently seen teams such as Wagner upset Pittsburgh….Davidson upset Kansas….Indiana St. defeat Vandy…..and a bunch of close games where mid-major teams took ranked teams to the brink. Even UL barely survived College of Charleston and Western Ky. The message is simple….UK must be ready to play with great energy and intensity no matter the name on the opposing jersey. Obviously, UK is more talented than Lamar, but the Cats will be facing a dangerous opponent that will play hard at Rupp arena and Pat Knight would love nothing more than to give his Dad a Holiday present in defeating UK.


The Cats are coming off the Christmas break and hopefully will not be sluggish from celebrating the holiday with their families. I see a UK win over Lamar by at least 15 points.
GO CATS!

Monday, December 26, 2011

AP/Coaches Poll 12/26/11

AP Top 25

1. Syracuse (54)
2. Ohio St. (5)
3. Kentucky (4)
4. Louisville (2)
5. North Carolina
6. Baylor
7. Duke
8. Missouri
9. Connecticut
10. Florida
11. Wisconsin
12. Georgetown
13. Indiana
14. Marquette
15. Mississippi St.
16. Michigan St.
17. Kansas
18. Michigan
19. UNLV
20. Murray St.
21. Creighton
22. Pittsburgh
23. Virginia
24. Harvard
25. San Diego St.

Dropped Out:No. 14 Xavier, No. 25 Illinois

Others Receiving Votes:Kansas St. 105, Illinois 70, Saint Louis 55, Gonzaga 48, Xavier 42, Ohio 20, Stanford 10, Wichita St. 9, Texas A&M 3, Alabama 2, Wagner 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Syracuse (30)
2. Ohio St. (1)
3. Kentucky
4. Louisville
5. Duke
6. North Carolina
7. Baylor
8. Missouri
9. Connecticut
10. Florida
11. Wisconsin
12. Georgetown
13. Marquette
14. Mississippi St.
15. Indiana
16. Michigan
17. Michigan St.
18. Kansas
19. Creighton
20. UNLV
21. Murray St.
22. Pittsburgh
23. Harvard
24. Virginia
25. Kansas St.

Dropped Out:No. 15 Xavier, No. 24 Illinois

Others Receiving Votes:San Diego St. 39, Illinois 36, Xavier 27, Saint Louis 22, Stanford 11, Gonzaga 10, Ohio 5, St. Mary's 5, St. Joseph's 3, Middle Tenn. St. 3, Alabama 3, BYU 3, Cleveland St. 2, Wichita St. 1, West Virginia 1, Southern Miss 1

Friday, December 23, 2011

Video: UK Prospect Derek Willis Highlights

Derek Willis 6'9 from Bullitt East is one of the most highly touted recruits out of Kentucky in recent years. Willis was committed to Purdue but decommitmented in early fall. Willis is still considering Purdue, along with Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Video: Kentucky basketball takes down Loyola Highlights

Highlights: Kentucky basketball takes down Loyola. Kentucky had four players score in double figures as the Wilcats took down Loyola (MD) 87-63 in Rupp Arena, Dec. 22, 2011. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Photos: UK Basketball vs Loyola(Md)

Video: UK Coach Calipari Post-Loyola (MD) Press Conference

Kentucky coach John Calipari on defeating Loyola (MD) 87-63. No UK players were available for post game interviews due to their Christmas holiday travel schedules. Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: UK Assistant Coach Orlando Antigua at The King of the Bluegrass Championship game


Video courtesy of WHAS11.com

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Video: UK Coach Mitchell, players on 90-61 win over Samford

UK Hoops stars Samantha Drake and Samarie Walker joined head coach Matthew Mitchell for their postgame press conference after they defeated Samford in Memorial Coliseum on 12/21/11. Videos courtesy of uksportsinfo.









Kentucky vs Loyola Maryland....A Preview

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Kentucky vs Loyola (Md)
12/22/11 Thursday at 1PM-EST/12:00PM-CST
(Fox Sports South)
First meeting between the two schools.

Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Location: Baltimore, MD
Enrollment: 3,686
Arena: 2,100

Head Coach: Jimmy Patos
Career Record: 98-114 (46.2%) 7 seasons at Loyola

2010-11 Record-5-15
2010-11 MAAC Record-10-8
Postseason-None

2011-12 Record-8-2

Wake Forest 75 Loyola 63
Loyola 78 Coppin St. 68
Loyola 73 UMBC 63
Loyola 66 New Hampshire 60
Loyola 77 Florida Gulf Coast 74
Loyola 76 Marist 63
Loyola 66 Siena 59
Loyola 65 George Washington 55
Loyola 65 Mt. St. Mary’s 54
St. Bonaventure 76 Loyola 66

Loyola Stats

PPG-69.5
FG%-41.7%
3 PT%-33.8%
FT%-68.8%
RPG-37.5
APG-12.0
TO’s-14.5
SPG-9.3
BPG-3.5

Probable Starting Lineup

Dylon Cormier-G 6’2” Soph…………………..16.8 PPG
Erik Etherly-F 6’7” Jr………………………….12.4 PPG
Shane Walker-F 6’10” Sr………………………11.8 PPG
Justin Drummond-G 6’4” Soph…………..……11.7 PPG
Robert Olson-G 6’4” Jr…………………………9.0 PPG

Loyola is a member of the MAAC which includes teams such as Iona, Fairfield, Rider and Niagara. UK fans will remember GG Smith, Tubby’s son who played at Georgia, who is now an assistant coach at Loyola.

Loyola is off to a good start with an 8-2 record with loses only to Wake Forest and St. Bonaventure. The Greyhounds have good balanced scoring and solid experience on the floor with a senior, 2 juniors and 2 sophomores. Dylon Cormier leads the team in scoring and perimeter shooting hitting 14-33 for a very good 42.4%. Robert Olson is the team’s other best 3 point shooter hitting a so so 13-37 for 35.1%. Shane Walker leads the Greyhounds in rebounds and blocks….and Erik Etherly also does a good job on the boards. Assists are spread fairly evenly among several starters.

I look for Loyola to be more competitive than Samford, but the Greyhounds simply don’t match up to UK in talent.

UK played reasonably well against Samford with Lamb having another great shooting game. Lamb is now making slightly over 50% of his perimeter shots which is outstanding. Miller starting in place of Jones had a very good game….and it was great to see Miller getting his perimeter eye back hitting several 3 points shots. Darius was aggressive on the offensive end making several shots in the paint while handing out 5 assists. Teague continues to improve and ran the team well with 5 assists….although he did have a few TO’s toward the end of the game.

It was good to get Wiltjer and Vargus more time on the court. Although Wiltjer struggled on defense and missed some shots, the kid has talent and will improve with more time on the court. He will get stronger and be more comfortable in the 3-4 years he is likely to be at UK. In fact, I think we will see nice improvement from Wiltjer by tourney time. I am particulary pleased with the effort of Vargus on the court…..he has made a significant improvement over last season and does a nice job on the boards when he comes in off the bench.

The game against Loyola will give Cal an additional opportunity to play different combinations and get valuable game time from some of his subs. UK should defeat Loyola by 25 points. GO CATS!

Video: John Calipari previews the UK-Loyola game


Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: UK's Ryan Harrow on waiting for his chance


Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: UK's Jon Hood on recovering from his knee injury


Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: UK walk-on Sam Malone on his ACL injury


Video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com

Video: Calipari Post-Samford Press Conference

Video: UK players Post-Samford Interviews

UK players Darius Miller, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague, Anthony Davis and Eloy Vargas interviews after 82-50 win against Samford.








Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photos: UK Basketball vs Samford

UK Walk-on Sam Malone Tears ACL

The University of Kentucky men's basketball just released a report saying freshman guard Sam Malone torn his ACL. As of now there is no timetable on surgery or his return.

Coach Calipari comments on Sam Malone's injury:

“Losing Sam Malone to an ACL injury is heartbreaking,” Calipari said. “He has been a great teammate and an even better person. You never want to hear someone is injured, but for Sam to go through his fourth knee injury is especially tough because he’s worked so hard to get where he is. He has become a valuable member of our team and quickly became a fan favorite. We look forward to Sam making a full recovery.”

Video: UK Prospect Shabazz Muhammed vs Julius Randle

Shabazz Muhammad (42 pts) vs. Julius Randle (26 pts); #1 Player In 2012 vs #1 Player In 2013
Check out the re-cap mix between Prestonwood Christian vs Bishop Gorman H.S. the teams which include the top players 2012 class and 2013 class. Shabazz Muhammad (Gorman) scored a game high 42 but it was Julius Randle (Prestonwood) team that came up on top at the 2011 City of Palms tournament. Video courtesy of Ballislife.com

NCAA Women's AP/USA Today Top 25 Basketball Poll 12/20/11

AP Top 25


1. Baylor (40)
2. Connecticut
3. Notre Dame
4. Stanford
5. Maryland
6. Tennessee
7. Miami (FL)
8. Kentucky
9. Duke
10. Texas A&M
11. Ohio St.
12. Rutgers
13. Georgia
14. Louisville
15. Texas Tech
16. Penn St.
17. Georgetown
18. Green Bay
19. Delaware
20. Purdue
21. DePaul
22. Texas
23. North Carolina
24. Nebraska
25. Vanderbilt

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 26, California 19, LSU 15, South Carolina 10, Arkansas 6, Northwestern 5, USC 3, Gonzaga 3, Georgia Tech 3, Michigan 2, BYU 2, Tulane 1, St. Bonaventure 1, Kansas 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Baylor (30)
2. Connecticut (1)
3. Notre Dame
4. Stanford
5. Maryland
6. Tennessee
7. Miami (FL)
8. Kentucky
9. Duke
10. Texas A&M
11. Rutgers
12. Louisville
13. Ohio St.
14. Green Bay
15. Georgia
16. Penn St.
17. Georgetown
18. Texas Tech
19. DePaul
20. Delaware
21. Purdue
22. North Carolina
23. Vanderbilt
24. Gonzaga
24. Texas

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska 16, Georgia Tech 15, Kansas 9, Bowling Green 6, Duquesne 6, California 5, UTEP 2, South Carolina 2, Oklahoma 2, Michigan 2, Villanova 1

Monday, December 19, 2011

Video: UK Coach Calipari, players Pre-Samford Press Conference

John Calipari, Darius Miller, Doron Lamb, and Eloy Vargas comments on the upcoming game with Samford Tuesday night at 7PM-EST on ESPN2. Video courtesy of uknationofblue.






AP/Coaches Poll 12/19/11

AP Top 25

1. Syracuse (53)
2. Ohio St. (5)
3. Kentucky (4)
4. Louisville (2)
5. North Carolina
6. Baylor
7. Duke
8. Connecticut
9. Missouri
10. Marquette
11. Florida
12. Kansas
13. Wisconsin
14. Xavier
15. Pittsburgh
16. Georgetown
17. Indiana
18. Mississippi St.
19. Michigan St.
20. Michigan
21. UNLV
22. Murray St.
23. Creighton
24. Virginia
25. Illinois

Dropped Out:No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 23 Alabama, No. 25 Vanderbilt

Others Receiving Votes:Harvard 88, San Diego St. 67, Stanford 61, Saint Louis 33, Gonzaga 23, Kansas St. 22, Texas A&M 18, Alabama 8, Wichita St. 8, Northern Iowa 7, Cleveland St. 7, California 5, Vanderbilt 5, Northwestern 4, Ohio 3, Long Beach St. 2, Indiana St. 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Syracuse (30)
2. Ohio St. (1)
3. Kentucky
4. Louisville
5. Duke
6. North Carolina
7. Baylor
8. Missouri
9. Connecticut
10. Marquette
11. Kansas
12. Florida
13. Pittsburgh
14. Wisconsin
15. Xavier
16. Georgetown
17. Mississippi St.
18. Indiana
19. Michigan
20. Michigan St.
21. Creighton
22. Murray St.
23. UNLV
24. Illinois
25. Harvard

Dropped Out:No. 21 Alabama, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 25 Vanderbilt

Others Receiving Votes:San Diego St. 32, California 28, Texas A&M 25, Virginia 19, Saint Louis 13, Kansas St. 12, Alabama 12, Stanford 9, Memphis 7, St. Mary's 5, Vanderbilt 3, St. Joseph's 3, Gonzaga 3, Seton Hall 1, Northwestern 1, Oklahoma 1