Four Big Ten Squads Tabbed in AP Top 25 Preseason Poll

Purdue, which was selected 23rd in the coaches poll, was tabbed 19th by the Associated Press.

Purdue, which was selected 23rd in the coaches poll, was tabbed 19th by the Associated Press.

Nov. 8, 2005

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Four Big Ten women's basketball teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was released Tuesday, Nov. 8. It is the 500th poll to be released by the AP since its inception in 1976. Two conference squads are ranked in the nation's top 10, with Ohio State fourth and defending national finalist Michigan State 10th. Minnesota, a Final Four squad from two years ago, is rated 16th, while Purdue earned a top-20 spot at No. 19.

The Buckeyes have claimed the No. 4 rank in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released last week. The coaches voted Michigan State 11th, Minnesota was tabbed 17th and Purdue was placed 23rd.

It was announced two weeks ago at Big Ten Media Day that the league coaches and 22-member media panel selected the Buckeyes as the conference's preseason favorite, followed by Michigan State in both polls. Minnesota was tabbed third by the coaches, while the media chose Purdue.

The 2005-06 campaign gets underway for conference teams this week, when Michigan travels to Eugene, Ore., for the Women's Sports Foundation Basketball Challenge. The Wolverines will open against No. 20/21 Temple on Friday, followed by a matchup against St. Francis or Oregon the next night.


 

NO.

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREV

1.

Duke

31-5

1107

7

2.

Tennessee

30-5

1102

3

3.

LSU

33-3

1025

2

4.

Ohio State

30-5

997

8

5.

Rutgers

28-7

881

9

6.

Baylor

33-3

874

5

7.

North Carolina

30-4

863

4

8.

Georgia

24-10

853

20

9.

Connecticut

25-8

802

10

10.

Michigan State

33-4

727

6

11.

Stanford

32-3

675

1

12.

Texas

22-9

644

13

13.

Texas Tech

24-8

601

14

14.

Maryland

22-10

598

NR

15.

Notre Dame

27-6

408

11

16.

Minnesota

26-8

344

12

17.

Vanderbilt

24-8

341

18

18.

DePaul

26-5

335

17

19.

Purdue

17-13

297

NR

20.

Arizona State

24-10

271

NR

21.

Temple

28-4

215

15

22.

Utah

26-8

199

NR

23.

N.C. State

21-8

192

21

24.

USC

20-11

168

NR

25.

Oklahoma

17-13

143

NR

Others Receiving Votes: UCLA 118, Boston College 59, Arizona 16, New Mexico 15, Louisville 12, Virginia Tech 10, Louisiana Tech 9, Villanova 8, Florida St. 7, Kansas St. 7, Wake Forest 6, George Washington 4, W. Kentucky 4, TCU 3, Iowa St. 2, Xavier 2, Bowling Green 1, Kansas 1, Mississippi 1, UC Santa Barbara 1, Virginia 1, West Virginia 1.


 

 

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