Men's Basketball moves to No. 1 for first time in program history
Jan. 11, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas men's basketball team is ranked No. 1 in both The Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls released Monday. This marks the first time in program history that the Longhorns have been the top-ranked team in the nation.
"I do think this is a compliment to our program and to this year's team for what they have done to this point," head coach Rick Barnes said. "Every former player here at Texas should take ownership in this ranking today, for they are all a part of it.
"But, it's like I told our guys, I can't honestly tell you who the No. 1 team was in the country on the second week of January last year," Barnes continued. "But I do know who won the national championship."
Texas (15-0, 1-0 Big 12) received 56 of a possible 65 first-place votes and 1,616 total points in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week to earn the top spot in the media poll. Kentucky is ranked No. 2 in this week's poll with nine first-place votes and 1,569 total points. The Longhorns had been ranked No. 2 in The AP poll a total of 12 times in school history prior to Monday's rankings, including the previous six weeks of this season.
UT earned 30 of a possible 31 first-place votes and 774 total points in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week. Kentucky also earned the No. 2 spot in this week's coaches' poll with one first-place vote and 745 total points. The Longhorns had been ranked No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today poll a total of 10 times in school history prior to Monday's rankings, including the previous six weeks of this season.
No. 1/1 Texas returns to the court when it travels to face Iowa State in a Big 12 Conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Central at Hilton Coliseum, and the game will be televised regionally by the Big 12 TV Network. Please check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the contest.
For a complete listing of both major polls, please click here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings.