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Memphis up to 19 in AP, 17 in coaches polls

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After impressive wins over Conference USA foes Houston and Southern Mississippi and winning their final regular season conference crown in the process, the Memphis Tigers jumped two spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.

The Tigers, which share the nation's longest win streak at 18 with Akron, vaulted from 21st in the Associated Press to 19. (Memphis (24-3, 13-0 C-USA) also jumped two spots from 19 to 17 in the coaches poll.

Indiana remained at No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the fourth straight week, while Gonzaga moved to No. 2 for the first time in school history.

The Bulldogs were third last week, matching their previous best ranking.

"The polls mean a lot more this time of year than they do in November, December, even January," coach Mark Few said. "All of us are being judged on the true body of work. It's definitely rewarding.

"It establishes us as a national program, which I believe we have been for the last 10 years. This group has done a great job of competing at that level, winning games at the highest level."

While the West Coast Bulldogs made some news at the top of the poll Monday, Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs from Down South, moved into the rankings for the first time since a 13-week run in 1984-85, their only appearance in the poll.

Louisiana Tech, which is 25th this week, was led back then to a ranking as high as No. 7 by a forward named Karl Malone. Gonzaga at that time had a point guard named John Stockton. They went on to become one of the greatest combinations in NBA history with the Utah Jazz, were members of the Dream Team and both were inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Hoosiers, who have been ranked No. 1 for a total of 10 weeks this season, received all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel.

Gonzaga, which got the other No. 1 vote, was ranked third for the final two weeks of 2003-04.

Duke moved up three spots to third and is followed by Michigan and Miami, which dropped from second after falling to Wake Forest, the Hurricanes' first Atlantic Coast Conference loss this season.

Kansas is sixth, followed by Georgetown, Florida, Michigan State and Louisville.

Saint Louis, which beat Butler and VCU last week, moved into 18th in the poll, the Billikens' first ranking since being in for one week last season.

Colorado State, which was 22nd and lost twice last week, and VCU, which was 24th, dropped out.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

AP Poll

  1. Indiana (64
  2. Gonzaga (1) 
  3. Duke
  4. Michigan
  5. Miami (Fla)
  6. Kansas
  7. Georgetown
  8. Florida
  9. Michigan St.
  10. Louisville
  11. Arizona
  12. Syracuse
  13. Kansas St.
  14. New Mexico
  15. Oklahoma St.
  16. Ohio St.
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Saint Louis
  19. Memphis
  20. Butler
  21. Notre Dame
  22. Marquette
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. Oregon
  25. Louisiana Tech


USA Today Poll

  1. Indiana 
  2. Gonzaga
  3. Duke
  4. Michigan
  5. Kansas
  6. Florida
  7. Miami (Fla.)
  8. Georgetown
  9. Louisville
  10. Michigan St.
  11. Arizona
  12. Syracuse
  13. Kansas St.
  14. New Mexico
  15. Ohio St.
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Memphis
  18. Oklahoma St.
  19. Saint Louis
  20. Notre Dame
  21. Butler
  22. Marquette
  23. St. Mary's (Calif.)
  24. Akron
  25. VCU


AP Poll others receiving votes: Colorado St. 49, VCU 45, Akron 43, Wichita St. 35, Saint Mary's (Cal) 24, Illinois 19, UConn 18, UNLV 13, North Carolina 8, California 5, Middle Tennessee 2, Belmont 16, Missouri 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll others receiving votes: Pittsburgh; Oregon; Middle Tennessee; Louisiana Tech; San Diego State; UNLV; Wichita State; Colorado State; Connecticut; Illinois; Oklahoma; California; North Carolina; UCLA; Belmont; Creighton; Kentucky.

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