Tuesday, January 29, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 81


 
 









 

Williams scores for Duke

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

Basketball powerhouse Duke remains comfortably perched at No. 1 this week after devouring Boston College and No. 8 Virginia. Junior Jason
Williams continues to dominate opponents, scoring 27 points against Virginia, while fellow junior Carlos Boozer added 25 points in the game.

Duke seems to be nearly unstoppable this season. The Blue Devils were a unanimous No. 1, and look like they're on the way to another national
championship.

Cincinnati proved it is the best team in Conference USA, spanking fellow members Saint. Louis and South Florida. The Bearcats are the No. 4
team in the nation with a record of 19-1, the most wins of any Division I team. Duke and Cincinnati are the only teams with a single loss.

Despite a discouraging loss to unranked Arkansas on Saturday, No. 5 Florida continues its 13-week run in the top 10.

Head coach Nolan Richardson's Razorbacks played their hearts out as they forced an excursion into overtime where Arkansas' Jannero Pargo
scored a final shot to win the game. Pargo scored 35 points during the game.

Florida faces difficult games against No. 10 Kentucky and Mississippi State, whose record is 16-4.

No. 11 Gonzaga represents the little people, and has a Cinderella story to tell. Led by senior point guard Dan Dickau, this tiny school located in
Spokane, Wash., manages to compete with the big boys and holds an 18-3 record.

The Atlantic Coast Conference continues to build a tradition of excellence. Three of the top eight teams in the nation are from the ACC, including
Duke, No. 3 Maryland and Virginia.

It has been one year since Oklahoma State suffered an airplane tragedy that claimed the lives of 10 people, including two players.

OSU has found its place in the top 10 at No. 9, and has a 17-3 record.

Texas Tech sits at No. 20 after desecrating No. 6 Oklahoma's good name. Bobby Knight's Red Raiders defeated the Sooners, 92-79, to improve
their record to 15-3. The loss had no affect on Oklahoma's ranking, however.

Texas Tech will play Nebraska and Iowa State next week. Oklahoma will face Oklahoma State, and then travel to take on arch-rival Texas.

No. 21 Pittsburgh managed a big upset against No. 14 Syracuse. The Panthers ravaged the Orangemen 72-57, improving their record to 18-3.

Ohio State brings up the rear as No. 25 in the AP Poll, with a record of 15-3. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan this week, 69-47, but lost to
Minnesota. OSU has a big game coming up next week against No. 12 Illinois.
 
 
 
 
 

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