Wake jumps Duke in AP Poll, #3 in ESPN/USA Today poll(We have both Polls-COMPLETE)

Posted by Andy Durham on January 12, 2009 at 3:38 pm under College | 12 Comments to Read

Pittsburgh is still #1 in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for this week, but Wake Forest after the win over North Carolina last night, has jumped Duke and now the Demon Deacons are #2 in the Nation.

Associated Press Poll:
1 Pittsburgh (70) 15-0 1798 1
2 Wake Forest (2) 14-0 1686 4
3 Duke 14-1 1678 2
4 Connecticut 14-1 1549 5
5 North Carolina 14-2 1461 3
6 Oklahoma 15-1 1440 6
7 Michigan State 13-2 1356 8
8 Syracuse 16-1 1232 11
9 UCLA 13-2 1222 10
10 Clemson 16-0 1153 12
11 Texas 12-3 1009 7
12 Notre Dame 12-3 1008 13
13 Georgetown 11-3 908 9
14 Marquette 15-2 752 18
15 Xavier 13-2 710 16
16 Arizona State 14-2 573 20
17 Butler 14-1 521 21
18 Minnesota 15-1 508 22
19 Purdue 12-4 490 14
20 Louisville 11-3 433 23
21 Baylor 13-2 364 23
22 California 15-2 299 27
23 Villanova 13-3 229 18
24 Tennessee 10-4 198 15
25 Michigan 13-3 153 26
Others Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 137, Arkansas 132, Illinois 115, Memphis 86, Saint Mary’s 50, Florida 25, Miami (FL) 25, Wisconsin 24, Brigham Young 18, Davidson 12, West Virginia 12, Boston College 11, Kansas 6, Florida State 5, South Carolina 3, George Mason 2, Oklahoma State 2, Harvard 1, Missouri 1, TCU 1, Texas A&M 1, Virginia Military 1

Here’s the ESPN/USA Today poll for this week with Duke #2, Wake #3 and North Carolina down to #6:

1. Pittsburgh (29) 15-0 773 1
Last Week: Def. St. John’s 90-67 (1/11)
This Week: 1/14 vs. South Florida (6-9), 1/17 at No. 20 Louisville (11-3)

2. Duke 14-1 729 2
Last Week: Def. Davidson 79-67 (1/7), Def. Florida State 66-58 (1/10)
This Week: 1/14 at Georgia Tech (9-6), 1/17 vs. No. 12 Georgetown (11-3)

3. Wake Forest (2) 14-0 725 4
Last Week: Def. No. 3 North Carolina 92-89 (1/11)
This Week: 1/14 at Boston College (13-4), 1/17 at No. 9 Clemson (16-0)

4. Connecticut 14-1 660 5
Last Week: Def. No. 22 West Virginia 61-55 (1/6), Def. Cincinnati 81-72 (1/10)
This Week: 1/15 at St. John’s (10-5), 1/18 vs. Seton Hall (9-7)

5. Oklahoma 15-1 617 6
Last Week: Def. Maryland-Eastern Shore 100-64 (1/5), Def. Kansas State 61-53 (1/10)
This Week: 1/12 vs. No. 11 Texas (12-3), 1/17 at Texas A&M (14-2)

6. North Carolina 14-2 611 3
Last Week: Def. Charleston 108-70 (1/7), Lost to No. 4 Wake Forest 92-89 (1/11)
This Week: 1/15 at Virginia (7-6), 1/17 vs. Miami (FL) (12-3)

7. UCLA 13-2 576 7
Last Week: Def. USC 64-60 (1/11)
This Week: 1/15 vs. Arizona (11-5), 1/17 vs. No. 15 Arizona State (14-2)

8. Syracuse 16-1 560 9
Last Week: Def. DePaul 85-68 (1/7), Def. Rutgers 82-66 (1/10)
This Week: 1/14 at No. 12 Georgetown (11-3), 1/17 vs. No. 13 Notre Dame (12-3)

9. Clemson 16-0 528 11
Last Week: Def. Alabama 66-59 (1/6), Def. North Carolina State 63-51 (1/10)
This Week: 1/17 vs. No. 3 Wake Forest (14-0)

10. Michigan State 13-2 503 12
Last Week: Def. Ohio State 67-58 (1/6), Def. Kansas 75-62 (1/10)
This Week: 1/14 at Penn State (13-4), 1/17 vs. Illinois (14-2)

11. Texas 12-3 421 7
Last Week: Lost to Arkansas 67-61 (1/6), Def. Iowa State 75-67 (1/10)
This Week: 1/12 at No. 5 Oklahoma (15-1), 1/17 at Texas Tech (10-6)

12. Georgetown 11-3 365 10
Last Week: Lost to No. 13 Notre Dame 73-67 (1/5), Def. Providence 82-75 (1/10)
This Week: 1/14 vs. No. 8 Syracuse (16-1), 1/17 at No. 2 Duke (14-1)

13. Notre Dame 12-3 363 13
Last Week: Def. No. 10 Georgetown 73-67 (1/5), Def. Seton Hall 88-79 (1/10)
This Week: 1/12 at No. 20 Louisville (11-3), 1/17 at No. 8 Syracuse (16-1)

14. Marquette 15-2 353 15
Last Week: Def. Rutgers 81-76 (1/7), Def. No. 22 West Virginia 75-53 (1/10)
This Week: 1/17 at Providence (11-5)

15. Arizona State 14-2 328 16
Last Week: Def. Oregon State 69-38 (1/8), Def. Oregon 76-58 (1/10)
This Week: 1/15 at USC (10-5), 1/17 at No. 7 UCLA (13-2)

16. Xavier 13-2 279 18
Last Week: Def. Saint Louis 70-44 (1/8), Def. Fordham 86-60 (1/11)
This Week: 1/15 at Rhode Island (11-5), 1/18 vs. La Salle (8-6)

17. Minnesota 15-1 262 19
Last Week: Def. Iowa 52-49 (1/8), Def. Penn State 79-59 (1/11)
This Week: 1/15 at Wisconsin (12-4), 1/18 at Northwestern (8-5)

18. Butler 14-1 256 20
Last Week: Def. Wright State 64-48 (1/8), Def. Detroit 54-50 (1/10)
This Week: 1/15 at Loyola (IL) (10-7), 1/17 at Illinois-Chicago (8-7)

19. Purdue 12-4 182 14
Last Week: Lost to Penn State 67-64 (1/6), Def. Wisconsin 65-52 (1/11)
This Week: 1/15 at Northwestern (8-5), 1/18 vs. Iowa (11-6)

20. Louisville 11-3 173 21
Last Week: Def. South Florida 71-57 (1/7), Def. No. 17 Villanova 61-60 (1/10)
This Week: 1/12 vs. No. 13 Notre Dame (12-3), 1/17 vs. No. 1 Pittsburgh (15-0)

21. Baylor 13-2 159 23
Last Week: Def. Texas Tech 73-61 (1/10)
This Week: 1/14 at Texas A&M (14-2), 1/17 vs. Oklahoma State (12-3)

22. Villanova 13-3 110 17
Last Week: Def. Seton Hall 89-85 (1/6), Lost to No. 21 Louisville 61-60 (1/10)
This Week: 1/18 vs. St. John’s (10-5)

23. California 15-2 109 NR
Last Week: Def. Washington State 57-50 (1/8), Def. Washington 88-85 (1/10)
This Week: 1/17 at Stanford (11-3)

24. Michigan 13-3 78 NR
Last Week: Def. Indiana 72-66 (1/7), Def. Iowa 64-49 (1/11)
This Week: 1/14 at Illinois (14-2), 1/17 vs. Ohio State (11-3)

25. Saint Mary’s 15-1 62 NR
Last Week: Def. Santa Clara 63-62 (1/9), Def. San Francisco 66-54 (1/11)
This Week: 1/15 vs. Loyola Marymount (1-16), 1/17 vs. Pepperdine (4-13)

Others Receiving Votes
Arkansas 51, Illinois 47, Memphis 42, Brigham Young 37, Gonzaga 17, Dayton 14, Tennessee 11, Utah State 11, Wisconsin 10, Florida 9, Illinois State 9, West Virginia 7, Davidson 6, Boston College 6, Ohio State 5, Miami (FL) 4, Washington 3, Missouri 2, Texas A&M 1, UNLV 1.

Dropped From Rankings
West Virginia 22, Boston College 24, Tennessee 25.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This season’s board: Mike Adras, Northern Arizona; Dana Altman, Creighton; Tommy Amaker, Harvard; Tevester Anderson, Jackson State; Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama; Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s; Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Rick Byrd, Belmont; Charles Coles, Miami (Ohio); Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Tim Floyd, Southern California; Greg Graham, Boise State; Tom Green, Fairleigh Dickinson; Rob Jeter, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Jeff Jones, American; Billy Kennedy, Murray State; Dan Leibovitz, Hartford; Fran McCaffery, Siena; Mike McConathy, Northwestern State; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s; Ron “Fang” Mitchell, Coppin State; Matt Painter, Purdue; Tom Pecora, Hofstra; John Pelphrey, Arkansas; Doc Sadler, Nebraska; Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts; Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara; Gary Williams, Maryland; Doug Wojcik, Tulsa.


  • Ken said,

    Wake Forest is over-rated. Save a spot for the Heels up at the top for later on.

  • JC said,

    Hey Ken,
    “Overrated” 92
    unc 89

  • Rob said,

    One thing about Wake Forest…..they’re no Boston College.

  • Ken said,

    JC you are talking like on of my neighbors JA and I will ask you the same question I asked him.

    When’s the last time Wake Forest won a National Championship?

  • Drew said,

    There is no doubt that both UNC and Wake are very good. Last night Wake was better. 1) they were playing at home 2) Wake is talented
    I agree that UNC will bounce back and will likely win the ACC and I am a Duke fan, so you see that I have a lot of respect for UNC and Wake. This ACC year will be like no other because any team in the ACC can beat anyone on their home court.

  • Rob said,

    Its really a shame that Heels fans are having to resort to touting their past accomplishments given the talent on this team. Anything less than a National Championship and this team will be a complete and utter failure given the skills and experience.

  • Andy said,

    And another thing.

    I think we need to give Wake Forest a serious boost. It looks like this could be a real nice year for the Deacs.

    Who knows they might just end up #1 in the ACC and that usually means #1 in the Country. Ed Hardin said that Wake Forest was the best team he has seen and Ed said this Wake squad was possibly the best Wake Forest team in WFU history.

    Better than Chris Paul’s team, Tim Duncan’s. Rodney Rogers’, Skip Brown’s, Rod Griffin’s, Billy Packer’s and Dickie Hemric’s.

    It was either Ed Hardin(N&R) or Ed Cone(edcone.com) or Ed Ross(Jim Ross/Gary Ross Show on 94.1) that said North Carolina was the one that is over-rated just like Rob said…….

  • Hoopsfan said,

    I have never known any college BB championship that was decided in January, all of you Carolina haters come back on this site in March and we will see where the Heels stand, they will be a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, if a champion were crowned in January Clemson would win it every year, but you never hear from them in March. How bout them Heels.

  • JC said,

    Rob you are so right about unc fans!! If Wake is “over-rated” what does that make the heels who are in last place in the ACC tonight?

  • Rob said,

    The Heels have a wealth of talent on this team and if I’m picking my brackets today, they would still win it all.

    Who on here is hating on the Heels? All I see is a bunch of crybaby Carolina fans name calling a team that kicked their behinds. One thing about Carolina fans….they are consistant.

  • Marshall Brown said,

    “When is the last time Wake won a national championship?” WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING??? Does that mean any team that has not won a championship can never win one? If this were true, the same team would win the national championship every year! Stop living in the past buddy, different players, different team. If you want to talk past seasons, that is fine, but what we are talking about here is how the heels gave wake their best shot and fell short! Wake is for real, anyone who watched that game knows it…

  • hoopsfan said,

    The heels did not give them their best shot, Ginyard was not playing the top D player for the heels, he would have shut down Teague