NCAA Basketball

Houston puts new No. 1 ranking on line

(AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox)

Houston will take the court as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in nearly 40 years Tuesday when the Cougars host Norfolk State.

Houston (6-0) ascended one spot by receiving 45 of 63 first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll of national media. North Carolina (5-2), which had been No. 1 all season, dropped all the way to 18th after absorbing losses last week to Iowa State and then-No. 18 Alabama.

"It's not like we went online and applied for it and waited for a response back. We've been working for this," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "But remember, it's a rental. You don't own it. You're just renting it because someday, somebody else is going to be No. 1."


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Houston6-0
2 Texas5-0
3 Virginia5-0
4 Arizona6-0
5 Purdue6-0
6 Baylor5-1
7 Creighton6-1
8 UConn8-0
9 Kansas7-1
10 Indiana6-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Purdue6-0
2 Charleston6-1
3 Maryland6-0
4 UNLV7-0
5 Nevada7-1
6 Arizona6-0
7 Creighton6-1
8 Sam Houston6-1
9 Louisiana5-1
10 Hofstra6-2
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