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Pitt Men's Basketball Ranked No. 1 for First Time in School History




Jan. 5, 2009

PITTSBURGH—For the first time in school history, the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball program was ranked No. 1 in the weekly Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches’ polls, both announced on Monday.

 

Pitt ascended to the consensus No. 1 ranking after entering the week ranked No. 3 in both polls. On Monday, No. 2 ranked Connecticut was defeated by No. 11 ranked Georgetown 74-63. No. 3 Pitt defeated both Rutgers (78-72) and Georgetown (70-54). No. 1 ranked North Carolina dropped an 85-78 decision to Boston College.

 

In the Associated Press poll, Pitt garnered 70 of the 72 first place votes. The USA Today/ESPN poll saw Pitt earn 30 of the 31 first place votes.

 


 

 

Pitt has held the No. 2 ranking on 16 different weekly occasions, the last being on December 11, 2006. Since January 7, 2002, Pitt has been ranked among the nation’s top-25 in 117 of the previous 126 national polls. Additionally, Pitt has been ranked among the nation’s top-10 teams in each of the last seven seasons (2002-08).

 

In addition, the Big East Conference set new weekly Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll records with nine programs ranked among the nation’s top-25. Those programs include Pitt, Connecticut, Syracuse, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Marquette, Villanova, Louisville and West Virginia.

 

The men’s basketball team becomes the first Pitt team to hold the No. 1 national ranking since the 1982 Pitt football season. The 1982 Pitt football team entered its season ranked No. 1 and held the top spot for three weeks during the year (Sept. 7, Oct. 26, Nov. 2).

 

Pitt will also enter the week ranked No. 1 in the Ratings Percentage Index (www.realtimerpi.com) with a No. 3 ranked strength of schedule.

 

At 14-0, Pitt remains one of only four undefeated teams at the NCAA Division I level. The other schools include Clemson (14-0), Illinois State (14-0) and Wake Forest (13-0).

 

Pitt (14-0, 2-0 Big East) hosts St. John’s at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, Jan. 11 at noon. The contest will be televised on ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV locally.

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKINGS

(as of Jan. 5, 2009)

Rank

School

W-L

Points

1.

PITT (70)

14-0

1,798

2.

Duke

12-1

1,660

3.

North Carolina (2)

13-1

1,651

4.

Wake Forest

13-0

1,553

5.

Connecticut

12-1

1,474

6.

Oklahoma

13-1

1,358

7.

Texas

11-2

1,348

8.

Michigan State

11-2

1,269

9.

Georgetown

10-2

1,208

10.

UCLA

12-2

1,162

11.

Syracuse

14-1

1,113

12.

Clemson

14-0

968

13.

Notre Dame

10-3

802

14.

Purdue

11-3

774

15.

Tennessee

9-3

533

16.

Xavier

11-2

483

17.

Boston College

13-2

453

18.

Marquette

13-2

436

 

Villanova

12-2

436

20.

Arizona State

12-2

374

21.

Butler

12-1

341

22.

Minnesota

13-1

290

23.

Baylor

12-2

289

 

Louisville

9-3

289

25.

West Virginia

11-2

230

 

Others receiving votes: Michigan 153, California 122, Arkansas 109, Illinois 108, Gonzaga 86, Wisconsin 86, Memphis 67, Davidson 56, Saint Mary's 50, UNLV 43, Illinois State 39, Kansas 37, Ohio State 28, Texas A&M 27, Maryland 25, Dayton 22, Florida 13, Florida State 13, Brigham Young 12, Miami (FL) 8, Missouri 4.

 

USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES’ POLL RANKINGS

(as of January 5, 2009)

Rank

School

W-L

Points

1.

PITT (30)

14-0

774

2.

Duke

12-1

714

3.

North Carolina (1)

13-1

707

4.

Wake Forest

13-0

687

5.

Connecticut

12-1

630

6.

Oklahoma

13-1

593

7.

Texas

11-2

546

 

UCLA

12-2

546

9.

Syracuse

14-1

526

10.

Georgetown

10-2

506

11.

Clemson

14-0

480

12.

Michigan State

11-2

452

13.

Notre Dame

10-3

277

14.

Purdue

11-3

261

15.

Marquette

13-2

251

16.

Arizona State

12-2

238

17.

Villanova

12-2

225

18.

Xavier

11-2

217

19.

Minnesota

13-1

183

20.

Butler

12-1

147

21.

Louisville

9-3

136

22.

West Virginia

11-2

132

23.

Baylor

12-2

98

24.

Boston College

13-2

90

25.

Tennessee

9-3

85

 

Others receiving votes: Dayton 54, Illinois State 50, Michigan 49, Saint Mary’s 43, Ohio State 40, Memphis 37, BYU 34, Illinois 34, California 31, Davidson 31, Arkansas 27, Gonzaga 27, Wisconsin 26, Texas A&M 22, Missouri 21, Florida 11, UNLV 10, Kansas 7, Stanford 5, Florida State 1, Maryland 1, Utah State 1, Washington 1.

 

PITT MEN’S BASKETBALL HIGHEST NATIONAL RANKINGS

 

Rank

Poll, Date

2

AP-Dec. 7, 1987

2

AP-Jan. 4, 1988

2

UPI-Jan. 4, 1988

2

AP-Dec. 22, 2002

2

USA Today/ESPN, Dec. 22, 2002

2

AP-Dec. 29, 2002

2

USA Today/ESPN, Dec. 29, 2002

2

AP-Jan. 19, 2003

2

USA Today/ESPN, Jan. 19, 2003

2

AP-Jan. 28, 2003

2

USA Today/ESPN, Jan. 28, 2003

2

AP-Nov. 27, 2006

2

AP-Dec. 4, 2006

2

USA Today/ESPN, Dec. 4, 2006

2

AP-Dec. 11, 2006

2

USA Today/ESPN, Dec. 11, 2006

1

AP-Jan. 5, 2009

1

USA Today/ESPN, Jan. 5, 2009