|Thursday, February 17, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 97
No.1 Cincinnatti strolls in tonight
|LSU fighting its
Top 25 Men's Notebook
The Louisiana State men's basketball team is a team that knows the meaning of adversity.
Six straight years of losing seasons have hurt the proud program. In addition, an NCAA investigation and subsequent probation due to cash payments given to a former player has left LSU able to sign only four scholarship players over a two-year stretch.
It was this bump in the road that kept the Tigers from reaching elite status with teams like Duke, Connecticut and North Carolina, but it wasn't enough to keep them from fighting for every win possible.
It is this determination that has allowed LSU (16-4) to jump into the top 25 in both The Associated Press and USA Today polls. In fact, in the latest AP poll, the Tigers have now laid claim to the No. 16 spot in the nation, a jump of nine spots from No. 25.
What makes this elevation so impressive is that four of the wins have come against highly ranked teams, including No. 11 Oklahoma State (63-53), No. 4 Arizona (86-60), No. 8 Auburn (83-68) and No. 14 Kentucky (70-57).
Top 25 action
Cincinnati (23-1), which pays a visit to Hofheinz Pavilion tonight, continues its reign over the rest of the nation in this week's AP poll with 66 first-place votes to only five first-place nods for Stanford (21-1).
Duke is still resting comfortably at No. 3, followed by Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Indiana rounding out the top 10. Texas is up a spot this week at No. 18.
Game of the week
I could say that the Ohio State-Indiana game Saturday or the Oklahoma State-Texas battle should get the vote for game of the week, but being the biased UH fan that I am, I have to go with the Cougars against Cincinnati tonight for the game to watch. Never before in the 30-year history of Hofheinz has a team ranked No. 1 visited the storied building. More than likely, the Bearcats will do what they're expected to do and beat the badly outmanned Cougars, but the way UH has played the tough teams this year indicates that it could be a hotly contested fight.
Whatever the case, it should be fun to watch.
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