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UW Men Reap Highest Regular-Season Ranking in 21 Years
Release: 12/19/2005
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Dec. 19, 2005

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies climbed two places to No. 9 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll released Monday, their highest regular-season ranking in 21 years.

"It's flattering to be ranked in the top 10. It gives our program some good recognition," said fourth-year Coach Lorenzo Romar. "But like I've said all along, it doesn't guarantee a Pac-10 championship and it doesn't guarantee a spot in the final Four. We're only one third of the way through the season, so there is a long way to go."

Washington (9-0) was slotted in the No. 10 spot in the AP poll on three occasions during the 2004-05 season before finishing No. 8 in the final rankings. The current No. 9 listing is the highest for a UW team during the regular season since they were ranked 7th on Dec. 18, 1984.

The Huskies were unranked in the 2005-06 preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. UW was 18th on Nov. 28, 13th on Dec. 5 and 11th on Dec. 12.

Washington vaulted from 10th to No. 7 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Huskies are the highest ranked Pac-10 team in both rankings. UCLA is No. 12 in both polls.

"We couldn't have predicted before the season where we would be ranked, but we could foresee being undefeated after playing eight of nine games at home," Romar said. "Whether 9-0 would get us ranked No. 7 and 9, that we couldn't have predicted."

The Huskies are off to their best start in 30 years, since the 1975-76 squad opened with 14 consecutive victories. UW hosts Lehigh, Friday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m., seeking its 800th all-time win at Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. Their current mark of 799 victories is the most by any NCAA team in its current arena.

A win Friday would also extend the Huskies' national-leading homecourt winning streak to 31 games. They registered their 30th straight home win Friday, Dec. 16 with a 91-74 decision against Eastern Washington.


ASSOCIATED PRESS MEN'S BASKETBALL POLL
(Dec. 19, 2005)


Rank Team (1st votes) Record Last Week

1. Duke (66) 10-0 1
2. Connecticut (5) 8-0 2
3. Villanova (1) 7-1 3
4. Memphis 8-1 5
5. Florida 10-0 7
6. Illinois 11-0 9
7. Oklahoma 6-1 8
8. Gonzaga 7-2 10 9. WASHINGTON 9-0 11
10. Michigan State 9-2 12
11. Louisville 6-1 4
12. UCLA 8-1 14
13. George Washingon 8-0 15
14. Boston College 7-2 13
15. Texas 8-2 6
16. Maryland 7-2 17
17. North Carolina 6-1 19
18. Indiana 5-2 18
19. Kentucky 7-3 23
20. Nevada 7-1 20
21. North Carolina State 8-1 21
22. Wake Forest 8-2 16
23. Tennessee 6-0 nr
24. Ohio State 7-0 nr
25. Iowa 8-3 22
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