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.
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
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
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
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.