After being the West Coast Conference's lone representative in the
poll for the past decade, Gonzaga has another league member in the rankings, as Saint Mary's, Calif. moved in at No. 24 yesterday.
The Gaels (7-0) were last in the Top 25 for the final 3 weeks of 1988-89. The WCC has two ranked teams for the first time since the beginning of 1973-74.
"It's nice. It's good for our program, good for our league," coach Randy Bennett said.
Saint Mary's entered the rankings off a 69-64 victory over San Diego State on Saturday in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim.
The Gaels beat Oregon, 99-87, on Nov. 20 and Seton Hall, 85-70, on Dec. 1.
North Carolina (8-0), which beat Penn, 106-71, in its only game last week, remained No. 1. Memphis was second, followed by Kansas, Texas, Georgetown, Duke, Washington State, UCLA, Michigan State and Marquette. Pittsburgh was 11th, followed by Tennessee, Indiana, Texas A&M, Clemson, Oregon, Xavier, Butler, Gonzaga and Vanderbilt. The last five ranked teams were Arizona, Louisville, Villanova, Saint Mary's and BYU.
In the women's poll, Tennessee and Connecticut remained 1-2, while North Carolina moved up to No. 3. Maryland was fourth, followed by Stanford, Rutgers, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Baylor.
* Louisville forward Derrick Caracter was suspended indefinitely for a curfew violation.