| | Duke & Texas 1,2 in AP College Basketball Poll
Duke and Texas were on top of The Associated Press' basketball poll again Monday. That keeps everything set for this weekend's 1 vs. 2 matchup.
Duke (7-0) stayed unbeaten with a 77-75 home win over Virginia Tech on a 40-foot buzzer beater by Sean Dockery on Sunday night. Texas (7-0), which beat Texas-Pan American and Texas-Arlington by an average of 33 points last week, had nine first-place votes and 1,699 points from the national media panel.
Duke and Texas play Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J., the 35th 1-2 matchup since the AP poll began in the 1948-49 season. The most recent one was last season's NCAA championship game when North Carolina beat No. 1 Illinois 75-70. The Tar Heels lost a rematch of April's title game 68-64 on Tuesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, then went and beat then-No. 10 Kentucky 83-79.
Connecticut (6-0) stayed third, just six points behind Texas. The Huskies had nine first-place votes, five more than last week. Villanova (4-0), which beat then-No. 5 Oklahoma 85-74 on Saturday, stayed fourth, again receiving one first-place vote. Louisville, Boston College and Memphis all moved up two places to fifth through seventh. Oklahoma dropped to eighth following the road loss to Villanova, while Gonzaga, which lost 99-95 at Washington on Sunday night, fell from sixth to No. 9. Florida was 10th and was followed by Illinois, Iowa, Washington, Michigan State, Kentucky, UCLA, Nevada, Indiana, George Washington and Wake Forest. The last five ranked teams were Maryland, Alabama, North Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina State.
Besides Duke-Texas there are five games between ranked teams this week: No. 21 Maryland is at No. 19 George Washington on Monday; No. 6 Boston College plays No. 14 Michigan State in New York on Tuesday; No. 15 Kentucky plays No. 18 Indiana in Indianapolis and No. 16 UCLA faces No. 17 Nevada in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday; and No. 6 Boston College is at No. 21 Maryland on Sunday night.