HARVARD IS in the Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.
The Crimson are 8-0, with a victory over then-ranked Florida State. They are one of four teams to join the men's college basketball rankings, but Georgetown, Creighton and Illinois have all been regulars compared to No. 25 Harvard.
"It's a significant achievement to have that happen," said coach Tommy Amaker, who guided the Crimson to a share of their first Ivy League title last season. "I'm proud of them for the hard work they put in and also very flattered that we're being recognized at this point in the season."
Kentucky (8-0) beat North Carolina on Saturday and holds the No. 1 spot for a second straight week. The Wildcats received 47 first-place votes yesterday from the 65-member national media panel.
Ohio State (8-0) had the other 18 first-place votes to remain second. Syracuse, which beat Florida last week, moved up a spot to third. North Carolina, Louisville and Baylor are fourth through sixth, each advancing a place.
Harvard is the first Ivy League school to be ranked since Princeton cracked the Top 10 late in the 1997-98 season. The only other Ivy League school to be ranked since 1970 was Penn, which was last in the poll in January 1995. Brown is now the only Ivy League school not to make the poll.
"In every field at Harvard, something's been done. People have made history in every aspect at Harvard except the basketball team," guard Oliver McNally said. "That's what we wanted to do here."
The Crimson's stay among the basketball elite might not last long - they play at No. 9 Connecticut on Thursday.
Court records unsealed yesterday show federal investigators were looking for pornography that could be used "to sexually arouse or groom young males" for sex when they searched the home, office and locker of former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine.
Fine was fired Nov. 27 after three men accused him of molesting them when they were boys.
Search warrants show investigators also were looking for documents, pictures, computer records and travel records that would detail Fine's contact with boys. The investigators took computers, cameras, compact discs, film and phones, among other things.
The 65-year-old Fine has denied wrongdoing, calling the allegations "patently false." He has declined further comment.
Authorities are investigating whether Fine took minors across state lines for sex, which is a felony. He could be charged should investigators find child pornography in his possession.